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as in:  played presto

Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  musical tempo that is very fast
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Strongly Associated with:   tempo, largo
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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
  • He reaches behind Carmine’s ear, and—"Presto," he says, handing him the penny.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • She told me yesterday that you were coming back and presto," he said, with a warm and young-sounding laugh, "here you are."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Bilbo slowed down, and then hey presto!
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • In proof of which, While we fence, presto! all extempore I will compose a ballade.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • And then, presto!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He bad begun with one play and it had somehow turned into another, presto-chango.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I just twirled the stuff into handles for my hands, hooked my feet against the sheep’s thigh bones, and presto-I felt like a baby wallaby, riding around against the sheep’s chest, trying to keep the wool out of my mouth and my nose.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Mr. Macey screwed up his mouth, leaned his head further on one side, and twirled his thumbs with a presto movement as his eyes followed Godfrey up the dance.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner

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  • They then go flashing down the wire that leads right into the back of the television set, and in there they get jiggled and joggled around until at last every single one of those millions of tiny pieces is fitted back into its right place (just like a jigsaw puzzle), and presto! — the photograph appears on the screen ….’
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • He had just fixed the computer, presto change-o.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • But now he had only to push aside a brick, dig his fingers into the chink—and presto!
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • I just said those clunks are driving me crazy, and then, in almost no time at all, presto chango, when it comes to Paul’s left thumb, now you see it and now you don’t.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • But hey, presto, the mirror is breathed on and the young knighterrant recedes, shrivels, dwindles to a tiny speck within the mist.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Andate via! andate presto, presto!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • They see a bottle of weed-killer on a shelf-and hey presto!-away goes their imagination with the bit between his teeth.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • …and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child’s face, and—presto! the lungs fill, and instantly discharge a shriek, or a yell, or a howl which bursts the listening ear and surprises the owner of it into saying words which would not go well with a halo if he had one.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • And before you can get too far, presto-whizzo!
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Late in his career, he moved back to guard, and, presto, he could sleep again.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Un poco piu presto, Signori.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • How could it be, in the real world, that a knife moved an inch in the wrong direction could — presto — transform everything?
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • The garishly colored, manically blinking lights along the midway were joined by the grating sounds of emphatic music metallically erupting out of an excess of loudspeakers-calliopes presto, marches prestissimo.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "SarĂ  inverno presto," the old woman said.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Presto!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Presto! A lecture, at so much for admission, and in which hard-pressed as she was and could show, she would set forth the righteousness of her boy’s claim—seek to obtain the sympathy of the prejudiced public and incidentally two thousand dollars or more with which this appeal could be conducted.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Presto: Operation Junk Pile was born.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • All I do is to put it on a star, revolve the scale till it is opposite those figures on the map underneath, and presto! there you are, the ship’s precise location!"
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Andate via! andate presto, presto!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • At times his mind seems far away, the Muse says naught—and then, presto! he speaks—bewitchingly! enchantingly!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • And, presto! heigh!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • There, as in a retrospective arrangement, a mirror within a mirror (hey, presto!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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Associated words [difficulty]:   presto [7] , tempo [3] , largo [8] , tempo [3] , largo [8]
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