One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Meg retreated hastily as the blades began to rotate’
quickly, hurriedly, in a hurry, fast, swiftly, rapidly, speedily, briskly, expeditiously, without delay, post-haste, at high speed, at full speed, with all speed, at full tilt, at the speed of light, as fast as possible, with all possible haste, like a whirlwind, like an arrow from a bow, at breakneck speed, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a run, at a gallop, hotfoot, on the double
cursorily, perfunctorily, briefly, fleetingly, sketchily, superficially
informal double quick, in double quick time, p.d.q., p.d.q. pretty damn quick, nippily, like lightning, like greased lightning, hell for leather, like mad, like crazy, like blazes, like the wind, like a bomb, like nobody's business, like a scalded cat, like the deuce, a mile a minute, like a bat out of hell, at warp speed
British informal at a rate of knots, like the clappers, like billy-o
North American informal lickety-split
2‘an agreement was hastily drawn up’
hurriedly, speedily, quickly, in a hurry
impetuously, impulsively, recklessly, precipitately, precipitously, rashly, incautiously, imprudently, on the spur of the moment, prematurely
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