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presto

A phrase said when doing or producing something very quickly or easily. Primarily heard in US. I think that all I need to do is reconfigure your IP address with the server and… presto! Your internet is back to normal. See? We just cut the folded piece of paper in a few spots, unfold the whole thing and, presto—a snowflake!

hey presto

A phrase said when doing or producing something very quickly or easily. Primarily heard in UK. I think that all I need to do is reconfigure your IP address with the server and… hey presto! Your internet is back to normal. See? We just cut the folded piece of paper in a few spots, unfold the whole thing and, hey presto—a snowflake!
See also: hey, presto

hey ˈpresto

(British English) (American English ˈpresto) people sometimes say hey presto when they have just done something so quickly and easily that it seems to have been done by magic: You just press the button and, hey presto, a perfect cup of coffee! Presto is an Italian word meaning ‘quick’ or ‘quickly’.
See also: hey, presto
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