jiffy

A jiffy is a brief amount of time — an instant, or a split second. When you're really tired at the end of a long day, you probably fall asleep in a jiffy after lying in bed.

Jiffy is an informal word that can substitute for "quickly" or "in the blink of an eye." A speeding taxi will get you to your destination in a jiffy, and a really well-trained dog will come in a jiffy when you call her name. Not much is known about the origin of jiffy, other than the fact that it was once "thieves' slang" for "lightning."

Definitions of jiffy
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n a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

Synonyms:
New York minute, blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, split second, trice, twinkling, wink
Type of:
bit, minute, mo, moment, second
an indefinitely short time

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