One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he went swiftly through the house’
rapidly, quickly, fast, speedily, briskly, at high speed, at full tilt, like the wind, like lightning, at breakneck speed, as fast as one's legs can carry one, as swift as an arrow
informal double quick, nippily, like the clappers
2‘the police reacted swiftly’
promptly, immediately, instantly, instantaneously, without delay, post-haste, in a flash, in a trice, in the wink of an eye, in an instant, in no time, in no time at all
readily, punctually, meteorically
suddenly, abruptly, unhesitatingly, hastily, hurriedly, precipitately, headlong
informal before you can say Jack Robinson, before you can say knife, like a shot, like greased lightning, at warp speed, p.d.q., p.d.q. pretty damn quick, lickety-split, in a jiff, in a jiffy, pronto, in less than no time
unhurriedly, in due course
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