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hey

  

      interj  
1    an expression indicating surprise, dismay, discovery, etc., or calling for another's attention  
2    hey presto          an exclamation used by conjurors to herald the climax of a trick  
     (C13: compare Old French hay, German hei, Swedish hej)  
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presto  
      adj  
      adv  
1      (Music)   to be played very fast  
      adv  
2    immediately, suddenly, or at once (esp. in the phrase hey presto)  
      n   pl   , -tos  
3      (Music)   a movement or passage directed to be played very quickly  
     (C16: from Italian: fast, from Late Latin praestus (adj) ready to hand, Latin praesto (adv) present)  

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