jiffy

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in a flash

Immediately; very quickly; at once. Just call us on this number if you have any problems, and we'll be back in a flash. Don't worry, boss, I'll have this report typed up in a flash!
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jiffy

A very short amount of time. Used in the phrase "in a jiffy," meaning immediately, very quickly, or at once. Just call us on this number if you have any problems, and we'll be back in a jiffy. Don't worry, boss, I'll have this report typed up in a jiffy!

in a flash

Fig. quickly; immediately. I'll be there in a flash. It happened in a flash. Suddenly my wallet was gone.
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in a jiffy

Fig. very fast; very soon. Just wait a minute. I'll be there in a jiffy. I'll be finished in a jiffy.
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in a flash

Also, in a jiffy or second or trice . Quickly, immediately. For example, I'll be with you in a flash, or He said he'd be done in a jiffy, or I'll be off the phone in a second, or I felt a drop or two, and in a trice there was a downpour. The first idiom alludes to a flash of lightning and dates from about 1800. The word jiffy, meaning "a short time," is of uncertain origin and dates from the late 1700s (as does the idiom using it); a second, literally one-sixtieth of a minute, has been used vaguely to mean "a very short time" since the early 1800s; and trice originally meant "a single pull at something" and has been used figuratively since the 1500s.
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jiffy

see under in a flash.

in a flash

mod. right away; immediately. (see also flash.) Get over here in a flash, or else.
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in a jiff(y)

mod. right away; immediately. (see also jiffy.) The clerk’ll be with you in a jiff.
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jiffy

(ˈdʒɪfi)
n. a very short time. (see also in a jiff(y).) Just a jiffy, I’ll be there.
References in classic literature ?
First of all it was up wid the windy in a jiffy, and thin she threw open her two peepers to the itmost, and thin it was a little gould spy-glass that she clapped tight to one o' them and divil may burn me if it didn't spake to me as plain as a peeper cud spake, and says it, through the spy-glass: "Och
And then ounly percave the cuteness of the swate angel, for no sooner did she obsarve that I was afther the squazing of her flipper, than she up wid it in a jiffy, and put it away behind her back, jist as much as to say, "Now thin, Sir Pathrick O'Grandison, there's a bitther chance for ye, mavourneen, for it's not altogether the gentaal thing to be afther the squazing of my flipper right full in the sight of that little furrenner Frinchman, Mounseer Maiter-di-dauns.
Why, sold off in a jiffy, and no character, and I might find myself slaved about under a butcher's boy, or worked to death at some seaside place where no one cared for me, except to find out how fast I could go, or be flogged along in some cart with three or four great men in it going out for a Sunday spree, as I have often seen in the place I lived in before I came here; no," said he, shaking his head, "I hope I shall never come to that.
In a jiffy I had slipped over the side and curled up in the fore-sheets of the nearest boat, and almost at the same moment she shoved off.
While they were talking, Robin had been nimbly changing clothes with the old woman, through the window, and in a jiffy he stood forth complete, even to the spindle and twine.
Eureka stuck up her nose at such food, but the tiny piglets squealed delightedly at the sight of the crackers and ate them up in a jiffy.
And haven't you traveled from Oz to Kansas in less than half a jiffy, by means of the Silver Shoes and the Magic Belt?
All right, then, baby Billy; I'll be through in a jiffy.
cried the three girls, as Snodgrass led her friend triumphantly forth, and producing both a chair and a badge, installed him in a jiffy.
But they were off in a jiffy, those villains, and we after them, down through the woods.
We could make the tour of it in a jiffy," added Kennedy, "and, excepting these confounded mosquitoes, there's not a living being to be seen on it.
If servicing a Jiffy Splice is required, the contacts can be easily removed using standard Deutsch removal tools without damage to the wire, insulation or the splice body.
The company stated Blauvelt is transitioning into his new role as owner of MAB Lube LLC, a Jiffy Lube franchise.
AThe term back in a jiffy does not refer to any specific time frame but is usually used to denote a short period.
How the portal works: A Jiffy Lube franchise owner accesses the secure site via a user ID and password.