noun(in phrase in a trice)
- In a moment; very quickly.More example sentences
very soon, in a moment, in a second, in an instant, shortly, as soon as possible, pronto, any minute (now), in a short time, in no time, in less than no time, in a flash, before you know it, before long; momentarily, directly• informal ASAP, in a jiffy, in the twinkling of an eye, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, in a snap• dated anon• formal forthwith
- It runs extremely quickly and can appear to vanish in a trice.
- If only she'd said ‘All right - I'll go to Mass ‘, she'd have been out in a trice.’
- As before, the facilitator grasped my objection in a trice, and even though I sense that she's inclined to side with the material, she gets it.
late Middle English trice 'a tug', figuratively 'an instant', from Middle Dutch trīsen 'pull sharply', related to trīse 'pulley'.