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1‘John was generally a quick worker’
fast, swift, rapid, speedy, high-speed, expeditious
brisk, lively, sprightly, nimble, prompt
lightning, meteoric, overnight, whirlwind, fast-track, whistle-stop, breakneck, smart
informal nippy, zippy
British informal cracking
rare tantivy, alacritous, volant
2‘she took a quick look behind her’
hasty, hurried, cursory, perfunctory, superficial, desultory, incidental, summary, glancing
brief, short, fleeting, passing, transient, transitory, short-lived, flying, lightning, momentary, temporary
3‘there was no quick end to the recession’
sudden, instantaneous, immediate, instant, abrupt, sharp, precipitate, breakneck, headlong
4‘she isn't as quick as the others, but she works hard’
intelligent, bright, clever, gifted, able, brilliant, astute, quick-witted, sharp-witted, ready, quick off the mark
observant, alert, sharp, wide awake, receptive, perceptive
informal brainy, smart, on the ball, on one's toes, quick on the uptake, genius
North American informal whip-smart
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