post-haste

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the former instruction on letters "haste, post, haste," later reinterpreted as a compound of post + haste.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

post-haste (not comparable)

  1. Alternative spelling of posthaste.

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Noun[edit]

post-haste (uncountable)

  1. A great hurry.
    • 1602 : Hamlet by William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 1 l 103-106
      "And this, I take it,
      Is the main motive of our preparations
      The source of this our watch, and the chief head
      Of this post-haste and rummage in the land."