One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounin phrase in a trice
In a moment; very quickly.‘in a trice, she had flown up the stairs’
in a moment, in a minute, in a second, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, soon, very soon, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in a flash, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before longView synonyms
- ‘The moment the ever-ready police personnel on duty got the order, they were on the door of my quarter in a trice.’
- ‘England know the French can turn a game in a trice even when facing a seemingly desperate deficit.’
- ‘As before, the facilitator grasped my objection in a trice, and even though I sense that she's inclined to side with the material, she gets it.’
- ‘Why I know at least half-a-dozen who'd file complaints in a trice.’
- ‘The raspberries have had a good flavour but turn to jam in a trice.’
- ‘The driver got out in a trice, and others jumped over to help the girl up.’
- ‘It was a fast, efficient kill and any suffering would have been over in a trice.’
- ‘Of course, the first silly fly to come anywhere close was now snapped up in a trice.’
- ‘If only she'd said ‘All right - I'll go to Mass ‘, she'd have been out in a trice.’’
- ‘It runs extremely quickly and can appear to vanish in a trice.’
Late Middle English trice ‘a tug’, figuratively ‘an instant’, from Middle Dutch trīsen ‘pull sharply’, related to trīse ‘pulley’.
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