Definition of on the instant in English:

on the instant

phrase

archaic
  • Instantly; immediately:

    ‘he was thrown into the water, and on the instant the sea grew calm’
    • ‘She handed it to him on the instant and he drank without halt while the bowl seemed to keep itself replenished.’
    • ‘He was thrown into the water, and on the instant the sea grew calm.’
    • ‘But, on the instant, came the sweep and flash of Jonathan's great knife.’
    • ‘I'm careful about how I report things on the instant.’
    • ‘The laughter ceased on the instant, and fury took its place.’
    immediately, at once, straight away, right away, instantaneously, suddenly, abruptly, all of a sudden, at a stroke, forthwith, then and there, there and then, here and now, this/that, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant
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