Very quickly; at a great rate: the business is expanding rapidly the problem is rapidly worsening
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- In the heat, the grass grows rapidly and the flowers wilt fast, so there was much to be done.
- Yet even he admits that defending his sport is rapidly becoming an impossible task.
- Pea aphids can be found at low levels but are expected to multiply rapidly in the warm weather.
quickly, fast, swiftly, speedily, at (full) speed, at the speed of light, post-haste, hotfoot, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, expeditiously, briskly, promptly;
informal like a shot, double quick, p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), before one can say Jack Robinson, in a flash, hell for leather, at warp speed, pronto, at the double, like a bat out of hell, like (greased) lightning, like a madman/madwoman, like mad, like crazy, like blazes, like a streak, like the wind, like a bomb, like nobody's business, like a scalded cat, like the deuce, a mile a minute, before the ink is dry on the page, before one can say knife
North American informal lickety-split
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