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lickety-split Syllabification: lick·e·ty-split
Pronunciation: /ˌlikədēˈsplit/

Definition of lickety-split in English:


North American informal
As quickly as possible; immediately: I took off lickety-split across the lawn
More example sentences
  • Before you go from 5K runner to marathoner lickety-split, you'll have to address the second tenet of neuromuscular training: teaching your mind to push through pain, because - we won't lie to you - there's a lot of it.
  • And yet he's had a very sunny disposition, telling great stories about how everybody is moving through lickety-split.
  • The man should be lauded for wanting to get places lickety-split.
at full speed, very quickly, on the double, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, headlong, pell-mell, hell-bent for leather, like the wind, like a bat out of hell, at full tilt, at warp speed


Early 19th century (in the phrase as fast as lickety 'at full speed'): from a fanciful extension of lick + the verb split.

Words that rhyme with lickety-split

acquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, Britt, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, intermit, it, kit, knit, legit, lit, manumit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, Pitt, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, submit, transmit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit
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