post haste


As quickly or promptly as possible. I need to get this application in the mail posthaste, or else my work permit is going to expire! Please report to your supervisor posthaste.


(literary) with great speed: I shall send the invitations off post-haste.This comes from the old phrase haste, post, haste, which was written on letters to tell the post (= the person taking the letters) to ride quickly to deliver them.

post haste

As quickly as possible. According to Ebenezer Brewer, in sixteenth-century England postal messengers galloping into an inn yard would cry “Post haste!” which gave them priority in selecting the horses available for their journey. Hall’s Chronicles of ca. 1548 stated, “The Duke of Somerset, with John, erle of Oxenford, wer in all post haste flying toward Scotlande.” Shakespeare used the expression in numerous plays, and despite its archaic sound and the dubious speed of present-day postal service, it remains current on both sides of the Atlantic. It is also written as one word, posthaste.
See also: haste, post
References in classic literature ?
Then, brother," I replied, "you can return to your China, post haste or at whatever haste you are bound to go, as I am not fit for so long a travel and, besides being ill, I am very much without money, while Emperor for Emperor and Monarch for Monarch, I have at Naples the great Count of Lemos, who, without so many petty titles of colleges and rectorships, sustains me, protects me and does me more favour than I can wish for.
The leadership in Pakistan must become cognizant post haste of the reality on the ground and revert to its ideology by returning the power to the people in real value terms.
With camera in hand, she left for the beleaguered city post haste.
In the last few weeks, I have spokenwith many gurus from the industry, and they felt marketing and communication is a topic that should be addressed post haste.
The Freightways group includes Post Haste, Castle Parcels and Now Couriers, and is New Zealand's largest independent courier network.
Approval of budget is one of the very important functions of our assemblies but it is done in post haste, the CPDI added.
But the idea whistles true for every organization plugged into the digital world; every one of those areas needs to be considered, planned for, and implemented post haste.
David Hallman, a Canadian Christian author and an ecological advocate, argues that greed, domination, and fear are the values prevailing in Western societies that must be replaced post haste if we're to restore the planet.
That being the case I look forward to senior NHS management figures, managers of Stafford Hospital and the Health Minister(s), covering the period from 2005 to 2008, being hauled before the European Court of Human Rights post haste.
POST HASTE Z Police appeal about Rachael and her reply minutes later to say she was safe and well at home
I managed to release the distressed bird unharmed, but split my trousers from top to bottom and had to cycle home post haste for a change of clothes with my backside hanging out.
Granted, Di Matteo won the Champions League with an intrinsic role played by many of the side that won back-to-back titles in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons, the way he left no room for sentimentality in offloading them post haste was impressive.
I understand the anger towards criminals and agree that a solution is needed post haste, but some comments calling for the death penalty are wrong.
Very highly recommended for my musician using Reason and wanting to get up to speed post haste.
It is time to clear your kitchen of floralfashioned hand protectors and trade up to this pair post haste.
Full browser ?