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in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)

Very quickly. If you don't get down here in two shakes, I'm going to tell your supervisor about this. Don't worry, I'll pick you up in two shakes of a lamb's tail!
See also: shake, two

in two shakes of a lamb's tail

Fig. in a very short time; very quickly. Jane returned in two shakes of a lamb's tail. Mike was able to solve the problem in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
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in two shakes

Also, in two shakes of a lamb's tail Very quickly, very soon, as in I'll be with you in two shakes, or She'll be finished in two shakes of a lamb's tail. The longer idiom alludes to the friskiness of lambs; the shorter one may be an abbreviation of the longer one, or it may refer to the shaking of dice or any two quick movements. [Early 1800s]
See also: shake, two

in two shakes

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in two shakes of a lamb's tail

OLD-FASHIONED, SPOKEN
If you say that you will do something in two shakes or in two shakes of a lamb's tail, you mean that you will do it very soon or very quickly. I'm just going out to the shop — I'll be back in two shakes. Supper will be ready in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
See also: shake, two

in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)

very quickly.
See also: shake, two

in two ˈshakes

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in a couple of ˈshakes

(also in two ˌshakes of a ˈlamb’s tail old-fashioned) (informal) very soon: I’ve just got to make a phone call. I’ll be with you in two shakes.
See also: shake, two