Definition of Lickety split
1. Adverb. Without delay. "She tackled the job lickety-split"
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Literary usage of Lickety split
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Elmira Prison Camp: A History of the Military Prison at Elmira, N.Y by Clayton Wood Holmes (1912)
"And so I sit for two hours, lickety-split—lickety-split— lickety-split! ... Lickety-split— lickety-split—lickety-split! I watch through the glass. ..."
2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Licker (popular), " that's a licker to me," that "licks" me, is above my reach, beyond my conception. lickety split (American). ..."
3. Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded by John Russell Bartlett (1877)
"lickety split. Very fast, headlong; synonymous with the equally elegant ... "He went lickety split down hill." Lickety cut and lickety liner are also used. ..."
4. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1878)
"Tearing round Deacon Stiles's corner, lickety-split, was a span of horses and a buggy, with the reins dragging in the dust, ..."