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Definition musical tempo that is very fast

Another sense presto is:  an informal exclamation to indicate that something happened instantaneously and effortlessly (as if by magic).
  • Presto: Operation Junk Pile was born.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Late in his career, he moved back to guard, and, presto, he could sleep again.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • " "Sarà inverno presto," the old woman said.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • 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 bad begun with one play and it had somehow turned into another, presto-chango.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • And before you can get too far, presto-whizzo!
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • But now he had only to push aside a brick, dig his fingers into the chink—and presto! there it was.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Bilbo slowed down, and then hey presto! he vanished.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Un poco piu presto, Signori.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Andate via! andate presto, presto!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • 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
  • In proof of which, While we fence, presto! all extempore I will compose a ballade.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • He reaches behind Carmine's ear, and—"Presto," he says, handing him the penny.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • He had just fixed the computer, presto change-o. "Okey dokey," Gazzy muttered, flipping through pages.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • They see a bottle of weed-killer on a shelf-and hey presto!
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • And then, presto!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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