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at a word

Without hesitation; instantly. I knew I was in danger and that, at a word from its owner, the dog was ready to attack. Jeff is always ready to help anyone at a word.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

at a word

In immediate response, at an instant. For example, At a word from the captain they lined up in order. [c. 1300]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

at a word

In immediate response.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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