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At full gallop; at top speed.
n. pl. tan·tiv·ies
1. A hunting cry.
2. A fast, furious gallop; top speed.

[Origin unknown.]
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at full speed; rapidly
npl -tivies
(Hunting) a hunting cry, esp at full gallop
(Hunting) a hunting cry, esp at full gallop
[C17: perhaps imitative of galloping hooves]
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(tænˈtɪv i)

adv., n., pl. -tiv•ies. adv.
1. at full gallop.
2. a gallop; rush.
[1635–45; orig. uncertain]
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