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Used to introduce an extraordinary deed, story, or transformation:‘She prayed for his arrival and shazam! There he was’
- ‘Now he weighs in with this startling bit of info showing that the doctrines informing the Second Vatican Council's views of non-Christian religions are, shazam, not new.’
- ‘Take a dowdy young spinster, before, add make-up, hair, a new wardrobe - and shazam - after she's a movie-star.’
- ‘And now, shazam, here's a very intelligent Christian defense of Harry that says Rowling is a huge fan of C.S. Lewis.’
- ‘Thanks to near-constant buying and selling of small bottling operations, the deal also helped Coke achieve consistent profit gains, turning the once-stodgy company into - shazam!’
- ‘As soon as it tried to hold her accountable - shazam - no more crisis.’
- ‘There you are, coming to the end of whatever it is you do in front of a live audience, and suddenly - shazam!’
- ‘Well, Capt. Leo can't just sit there and watch his little buddy zoom off into eternity, so he dons his flight gear and, shazam!’
- ‘Well, punch it in, type in your ZIP code, and, shazam, a listing of libraries shows up.’
- ‘Put your name on this list and shazam - no more telemarketers!’
1940s: an invented word, used by conjurors.
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