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Re: "in a Jiffy"

Posted by ESC on September 16, 2003

In Reply to: "In a Jiffy" posted by woody on September 16, 2003

: To do something or get somewhere "in a jiffy", meaning to get there quickly or to do a task expediently. What is a "Jiffy?"
: Thanks

Merriam-Webster doesn't have an origin. Some other reference might.

Main Entry: jif·fy
Pronunciation: 'ji-fE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural jiffies
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1779
: MOMENT, INSTANT

See also: the meaning and origin of 'in a jiffy'.