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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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hey presto, Preston, prest, pesto

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