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Quick as a wink
Meaning: Very speedily.
Example: He was out of here quick as a wink.
Origin: First recorded in 1825. One wink = 1/10 second.
Source: “Word And Phrase Origins” by Robert Hendrickson.

Related terms: Quick as a bunny; Quick as a flash; Quick as greased lightning; Greased lightning.

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Quick as greased lightning
Meaning: Extremely fast.
Example:
Origin: This is an Americanism dating from about the 1840s, but is a typical western exaggeration of the British “quick as lightning”, first recorded 100 years earlier. “Quicker than hell can scorch a feather” is a similar Americanism from the mid-19th Century. Source: “Word And Phrase Origins” by Robert Hendrickson.

Related terms: Quick as a wink; Greased lightning.

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Quid pro quo
 
Meaning: One thing in return for another.
Example: What is the quid pro quo for my entering into this deal?
Origin: Quid pro quo is Latin for "something for something." Shakespeare used a similar expression in Henry VI (1591): "I cry you mercy, 'tis but Quid for Quo."

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Quiet as a mouse
 
Meaning: Silent or still; making very little noise; saying nothing; hushed, subdued.
Example: Returning from the disco at 3 AM, Roger walked quiet as a mouse into his bedroom.
Origin: ."Quiet as a mouse" goes back to the late 1500s. Mice are quiet little animals who scurry almost noiselessly in search of food, especially in the dark of night.

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Quit your belly aching
 
Meaning: Stop complaining, bitching, or whining.
Example: Quit your belly aching and get a job.
Origin: Someone afflicted with a bellyache might do a bit of complaining. The phrase might be a shortened version of "quit telling me about your belly aching".


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