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1‘she will be with you shortly’
soon, directly, presently, quite soon, in a short time, in a little while, in a short while, at any minute, at any moment, at any second, in a minute, in a moment, in a second, in next to no time, before long, by and by
North American momentarily
South African just now
informal pretty soon, any day now, any minute now, any moment now, any second now, any time now, before one knows it, before one can say Jack Robinson, in a jiffy, in two shakes of a lamb's tail
British informal in a mo, sharpish
informal, archaic anon
literary ere long
2‘‘I know that,’ he replied shortly’
curtly, sharply, abruptly, bluntly, brusquely, tersely, in an offhand manner, gruffly, ungraciously, gracelessly, surlily, snappily, testily, tartly, rudely, discourteously, uncivilly, impolitely
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