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posthaste

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English

Etymology

From the former instruction on letters ‘haste, post, haste’, later reinterpreted as a compound of post + haste.

Pronunciation

Adverb

posthaste (not comparable)

Positive
posthaste

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. quickly, as fast as someone travelling post; with great speed
    It is imperative that you finish your task posthaste.

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Quotations

  • 1946Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, Ch. 17
    "Sasi cannot last through the night." These words from his physician, and the spectacle of my friend, now reduced almost to a skeleton, sent me posthaste to Serampore.

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