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at the double

Rapidly. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Can you please drive at the double? Yes, we'll be there at the double!
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at the double

BRITISH or

on the double

If you do something at the double or on the double, you do it very quickly or immediately. Michael reached for the internal phone. `Jill? My office, please, at the double.' He said there was a report of a prowler at this address. I knew it was your place so I came over on the double. Note: `At the double' is a military expression meaning at twice the normal marching pace.
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at (or on) the double

at running speed; very fast.
This modern generalized sense has developed from the mid 19th-century military use of double pace to mean twice the number of steps per minute of slow pace .
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at the ˈdouble

(British English) (American English on the ˈdouble) (informal) very quickly; immediately: Go and get my boots, on the double!The boss wants you to go and see her at the double.
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