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Very quick; rapid.
A marching cadence; double time.
intr. & tr.v. dou·ble-quicked, dou·ble-quick·ing, dou·ble-quicks
To double-time.
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very quick; rapid
in a very quick or rapid manner
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(adj., adv. ˈdʌb əlˈkwɪk; n., v. ˈdʌb əlˌkwɪk)

1. very quick or rapid.
2. very quickly or rapidly.
3. a very quick marching pace; double time.
v.t., v.i.
4. to double-time.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.double-quick - (of a marching cadence) very quick
fast - acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly; "fast film"; "on the fast track in school"; "set a fast pace"; "a fast car"
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A. ADVrapidísimamente, en un santiamén (Mil) → a paso ligero
B. ADJ in double-quick timerapidísimamente, en un santiamén
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[ˌdʌblˈkwɪk] advdi corsa
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(ˈdabl) adjective
1. of twice the (usual) weight, size etc. A double whisky, please.
2. two of a sort together or occurring in pairs. double doors.
3. consisting of two parts or layers. a double thickness of paper; a double meaning.
4. for two people. a double bed.
1. twice. I gave her double the usual quantity.
2. in two. The coat had been folded double.
1. a double quantity. Whatever the women earn, the men earn double.
2. someone who is exactly like another. He is my father's double.
1. to (cause to) become twice as large or numerous. He doubled his income in three years; Road accidents have doubled since 1960.
2. to have two jobs or uses. This sofa doubles as a bed.
ˈdoubles noun singular
or noun plural in tennis etc, a kind of match with two players on each side. I enjoy playing doubles; (also adjective) a doubles match.
double agent
a spy paid by each of two countries hostile to each other.
double bass (beis)
a type of large stringed instrument, the largest and deepest in sound of the violin family.
ˌdouble-ˈbedded adjective
containing a double bed. a double-bedded room.
double-ˈcheck verb
to check something again. double-check the results of the experiment.
ˌdouble-ˈcross verb
to betray (someone for whom one has already arranged to do something deceitful).
ˌdouble-ˈdealing noun
cheating and deceitfulness.
cheating. You double-dealing liar!
ˌdouble-ˈdecker noun
a bus etc having two decks or levels.
a double-decker bus.
ˌdouble-ˈDutch noun
nonsense. You're talking double-Dutch!
double figures
the numbers between 10 and 99. The number of times you have been late is well into double figures.
ˌdouble-ˈquick adjective, adverb
very quick(ly). Get here double-quick / in double-quick time!
at the double
very quickly. He came up the road at the double and rushed into the house.
double back
to turn and go back the way one came. The fox doubled back and went down a hole.
double up
1. to (cause to) bend or collapse suddenly at the waist. We (were) doubled up with laughter; He received a blow in the stomach which doubled him up.
2. to join up in pairs. There weren't enough desks, so some pupils had to double up.
see double
to see two images of everything instead of only one. When I first met the twins, I thought I was seeing double, they were so alike.
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References in classic literature ?
If they an't out in double-quick, set the dogs upon 'em!'
You're over-young to hang millstones round your neck, and the Colonel will turf you out of that in double-quick time if you attempt it."
The worm will settle my business in double-quick time.'
Pickwick was right--the firing ceased; but he had scarcely time to congratulate himself on the accuracy of his opinion, when a quick movement was visible in the line; the hoarse shout of the word of command ran along it, and before either of the party could form a guess at the meaning of this new manoeuvre, the whole of the half-dozen regiments, with fixed bayonets, charged at double-quick time down upon the very spot on which Mr.
Old Deane puts us through double-quick, and don't give a fellow time to ask questions when we read."
After such a dominant performance with the ball, it was always going to be an easy run chase, but Staffs knocked off the total in double-quick time.
The Tottenham chairman needs to find a few quid from down the back of the sofa in double-quick time to keep him happy.
It was a disappointing Saturday for the Linnets as they went 2-0 down late on and although they reduced the arrears in double-quick time the damage was already done.
Having needed five sets to get past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters, the Scot was in cruise control in yesterday's last-four clash with Tomas Berdych, rattling through in double-quick time with a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory.
ALASTAIR COOK believes his Kings of Kingsmead can become Cape Town crusaders and put the series beyond South Africa in double-quick time.
"We have seen an overwhelming response and uptake for the first phase of units in the development and we expect this limited number of luxury villas to be gone in double-quick time."
PS2.19 at Waitrose 'Exciting alternative to crisps' is usually met with sneers by us, but these were snaffled double-quick. Like super-crispy crisps in fab pasta-y flavours.