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Happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediately - thesaurus

Synonyms

suddenly

adverb

quickly and without any warning

immediately

adverb

very quickly and without delay

at once

immediately

straight away

adverb

immediately

promptly

adverb

immediately

on-the-spot

adjective

done or happening immediately

headlong

adjective

happening or done very quickly and without careful thought

right now

immediately

straight

adverb

directly and immediately

on the spur of the moment

if you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it suddenly and do not take time to plan it or think carefully about it

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abrupt

adjective

sudden and unexpected, often in an unpleasant way

all at once

very suddenly

all at once

happening suddenly, usually when you are not expecting it

all of a sudden

if something happens all of a sudden, it happens quickly, and without any sign that it is going to happen

at a glance

if you realize something at a glance, you realize it immediately as soon as you see someone or something

at a stroke/one stroke

with a single action that changes things completely

at short notice

without being given much warning before something happens

at the drop of a hat

immediately, or in a way that shows that you have no doubts about doing something

at the flick of a switch

quickly and easily, especially by using a computer

bang

interjection

used for showing that something happens very quickly or suddenly

before you can say Jack Robinson

Britishinformal old-fashioned immediately, or suddenly

cold

adverb

suddenly

directly

adverb

immediately

fast

adjective

done quickly

fast

adjective

done without waiting or delaying

fast

adverb

without waiting or delaying

fast-paced

adjective

including a lot of different things happening quickly

fast-track

adjective

happening, developing, or progressing more quickly than usual

flash

adjective

involving a very quick process

flat

adverb

informal exactly: used for emphasizing how quickly something is done

forthwith

adverb

formal immediately

immediate

adjective

your immediate reaction to something is the first thing you think, feel, or do when it happens

impetuous

adjective

done quickly, without thinking about what the effects will be

impulsive

adjective

done suddenly, without thinking what the result will be

in/at one fell swoop

with one sudden action, or on one single occasion

instant

adjective

immediate

instantaneous

adjective

immediate

instantly

adverb

immediately

just like that

used for emphasizing that something happens very quickly or easily

lightning

adjective

very quick

like a shot

immediately and very quickly

like nobody’s business

used for emphasizing that something happens very quickly, in very large quantities, or that someone does something very well

the next thing I knew

used for saying that a situation happened very quickly when you did not expect it

no sooner said than done

used for emphasizing that you will do something immediately

now

adverb

immediately, or very soon

off the top of your head

immediately and without thinking very much

on the spot

immediately

out of the blue

happening in a way that is sudden and unexpected, and does not seem connected with anything that happened before

pdq

adverb

very informal pretty damn quick: used for saying that someone must do something immediately

poof

interjection

used for saying that something happened suddenly, or that someone or something disappeared suddenly

posthaste

adverb

literary as quickly as possible

precipitous

adjective

happening more quickly than expected

presto

interjection

mainly Americaninformal used for emphasizing how suddenly something happens or changes

prompt

adjective

immediate, or quick

pronto

adverb

informal now, or very quickly

quick

adjective

done or happening in a short time

rapid

adjective

happening, moving, or acting quickly

rapid-fire

adjective

rapid-fire actions happen very quickly or within a short period of time

right

adverb

immediately

right away

immediately

right/straight off

immediately

rude

adjective

mainly literary used about things that happen suddenly and have a strong effect on you

sharpish

adverb

Britishinformal immediately and quickly

short

adjective

a period of time that is short does not last very long or seems to pass quickly

slap

adverb

suddenly, with a lot of force

spur-of-the-moment

adjective

sudden and not planned or thought about carefully

straight out

said directly and immediately

summarily

adverb

immediately, and without following the usual official methods or processes

summary

adjective

done immediately and without following the usual methods or processes

swift

adjective

happening quickly or immediately

there and then

immediately at that moment and in that place

this instant

immediately: used when giving an order angrily

this minute

immediately, used especially for telling someone to do something at once

this minute/second

immediately, or just a moment ago

violently

adverb

in a sudden way and with great energy or force

wham-bam

interjection

very informal used for emphasizing how suddenly something happened or how suddenly it was done

without a second thought

acting immediately, without stopping to think

without further/more ado

without any delay

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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