lickety-split

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested around 1852, in the US, as a fanciful alteration of the noun lick “a very fast sprint”, and the verb split. The forms lickety-cut and licketie are attested earlier.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

lickety-split (not comparable)

  1. Quickly; as fast as possible; in short order.
    At the sound of the starting gun, they were off and running lickety-split.

References[edit]

  • lickety-split” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.