One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she fell asleep almost instantly’
immediately, at once, straight away, right away, instantaneously, suddenly, abruptly, all of a sudden, on the instant, at a stroke, forthwith, then and there, there and then, here and now, that minute, this minute, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant
quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily, directly, without delay, promptly
in an instant, in a moment, in a second, in a split second, in a minute, in a trice, in a fraction of a second, in a flash, like a flash, quick as lightning, like a shot, in a wink, in the blink of an eye, in the twinkling of an eye, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, in no time, in less than no time, before you know it, on the double, at the speed of light, like an arrow from a bow
tout de suite
informal in a jiffy, pronto, before you can say Jack Robinson, double quick, in double quick time, p.d.q., p.d.q. pretty damn quick, like lightning, like greased lightning, toot sweet
Indian informal ekdam
archaic straightway, instanter, forthright
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