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!
See also: flash

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 jiff(y)

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!
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.
"I'll fix it in half a jiffy if you'll lend a hand."
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.
"Well, I care nought about it--it will make little difference to me what you do or where you go; but I'm cool now--I want to dance again; and I see such a fine girl sitting in the corner of the sofa there by her mamma; see if I don't get her for a partner in a jiffy! There's Waddy--Sam Waddy making up to her; won't I cut him out?"
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."
Jo, how could you?" cried the three girls, as Snodgrass led her friend triumphantly forth, and producing both a chair and a badge, installed him in a jiffy.
This string would be twenty or thirty feet long, but the woman would have it all on in a jiffy; and when she had several on, she would press a lever, and a stream of sausage meat would be shot out, taking the casing with it as it came.
But they were off in a jiffy, those villains, and we after them, down through the woods.
He was on his stool in a jiffy; driving away with his pen, as if he were trying to overtake nine o'clock.
"Jump up behind me," he whispered, "and we'll get shot of the screaming cats in a jiffy!"
"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."