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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Speed - Rapidity

(Idioms page 2 :  in two shakes  →  throw something together)

in two shakes
(of a lamb's tail)
To do something in two shakes of a lamb's tail means to do it very quickly.
Wait for me.  I'll be ready in two shakes (of a lamb's tail).
like a bat out of hell If something moves like a bat out of hell, it moves very quickly.
He grabbed the envelope and ran like a bat out of hell.
like greased lightning If something moves like greased lightning, it moves extremely fast.
As soon as the owner appeared, the boy ran like greased lightning.
like a shot If you do something like a shot, you do it very quickly, without any hesitation.
If I won a lot of money on the lotto, I'd leave my job like a shot!
like wildfire If something such as news, rumours or gossip spreads like wildfire, it becomes widely known very fast.
As soon as the nomination was announced, the news spread like wildfire.
make it snappy If someone tells you to make it snappy, they are asking you very sharply to hurry up  or be quick about something.
Fetch me a bandage and make it snappy!
nineteen to the dozen Someone who talks nineteen to the dozen speaks very quickly.
He was talking nineteen to the dozen so I didn't catch the whole story.
put the pedal to the metal When you put the pedal to the metal, you accelerate or make something go faster.
If we put the pedal to the metal we could get this finished in time.
quick as a dog can lick a dish If you do something surprisingly fast, you do it as quick as a dog can lick a dish.
He packed his bag as quick as a dog can lick a dish.
race against time When someone is in a race against time, they have to work very quickly in order to do or finish something before a certain time.
It was a race against time to get everything ready for the inauguration.
snail's pace If something moves at a snail's pace, it moves very slowly.
The old man was driving along the road at a snail's pace.
snap decision A quick decision based on an impulse, without taking time to weigh the consequences, is called a snap decision.
Completely overworked, he suddenly turned off his computer and made a snap decision to go swimming.
step on the gas If someone tells you to step on the gas, they are encouraging you to accelerate or hurry up in order to get something done quickly.
We'd better step on the gas and get these figures printed.  The meeting starts in half an hour.
throw something together If you throw something together, you make or produce something quickly and without effort.
Why don't you stay for dinner - I'll throw something together!
   
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