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rapidly, speedily, swiftly, quickly, fast, post-haste, at speed, at full speed, at the speed of light, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a galloppromptly, immediately, brisklyhastily, hurriedly, precipitatelydouble quick, at a lick, hell for leather, pronto, at the double, at wasp speed, a mile a minute, like the wind, like a bomb, like a bat out of hell, like a scalded cat, like the deuce, like nobody's business, like lightning, like greased lightning, like a madman, like a madwomanlike the clappers, like billy-olickety-splitapaceView synonyms
- ‘As the book reaches its climax, disasters come at a rate of knots.’
- ‘I know all the companies are putting out opera DVDs at a rate of knots, and I suspect strongly that all other niche markets are doing likewise.’
- ‘Near me there used to be lots of fields which have now been turned into housing estates: the town is growing at a rate of knots.’
- ‘Villages are a traditional part of English scenery and the envy of many countries, so why are they being destroyed at a rate of knots?’
- ‘And a bloke drove up, spotted an incredibly tight parking place on the other side of the road, and in one movement swerved across, hit reverse and backed in at a rate of knots.’
- ‘The last of the turkey has been demolished, the new toys lie in a corner and the Christmas tree is shedding its needles at a rate of knots.’
- ‘The well-cared-for front gardens of our parents' generation seem to be disappearing at a rate of knots.’
- ‘He is heading towards bankruptcy at a rate of knots, and yet it seems lenders are happy to give him more and more credit.’
- ‘She talks at a rate of knots, but is charm personified.’
- ‘The Brazilian striker has been overweight since arriving at the Reebok but has been shedding the pounds at a rate of knots.’
- ‘When you drive into these little terraced streets, drivers are going at a rate of knots with no seatbelts on, oblivious to the fact that children could just step out from between two cars.’
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