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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 flash

suddenly She remembered the answer in a flash. I heard her scream and in a flash was back in the house.
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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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in a flash

mod. right away; immediately. (see also flash.) Get over here in a flash, or else.
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Trice is the collaboration platform that gives my offices the possibility to share medical cases in a secure and cost-efficient environment.
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I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award," CSC Trice said.
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The greater travesty, they argued, was that the school had failed to honor Trice in a prominent way and they proposed that the new football facility be named in his honor.
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Following the list of titles, Trice provides a short bibliography of several collections of slave songs that she used to validate the authenticity of the spirituals.
We will continue with our home office and home telephone lines, but we are doing a step-up higher-quality line under the Bell name," said Trice, noting this will give retailers the option to choose.
Trice has studied organizations using the concept of culture, beginning with his work in graduate school and continuing now as professor emeritus in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.
Trice notes the importance of giving these individuals exciting and meaningful experiences that can bring about changes in the physical and emotional functioning of the patients.
These initial programs had their focus upon training of supervisors to implement constructive confrontation strategies and assist troubled employees on the job (Sonnenstuhl & Trice, 1990).