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presto -- as in: played presto
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Moby Dick
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  • And then, presto!
  • That instant the stricken whale started on a fierce run, the line swiftly straightened; and presto! poor Pip came all foaming up to the chocks of the boat, remorselessly dragged there by the line, which had taken several turns around his chest and neck.

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  • Presto!
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • For example, if you are about to run a race, you visualize yourself running the race and crossing the finish line first, and presto!
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons

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