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jiffy

[jif-ee] /ˈdʒɪf i/
noun, plural jiffies. Informal.
1.
a very short time; moment:
to get dressed in a jiffy.
Also, jiff [jif] /dʒɪf/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; origin uncertain
Synonyms
instant, flash, second, trice.
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Examples for jiffy
  • Any economist with half a brain will fix these in a jiffy to prevent inflation getting out of hand.
  • If jiffy stand is not fully retracted during vehicle operation, unexpected contact with the road surface can distract the rider.
British Dictionary definitions for jiffy

jiffy

/ˈdʒɪfɪ/
noun (pl) jiffies, jiffs
1.
(informal) a very short time wait a jiffy
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jiffy
jiffy
1785, "a moment, an instant," colloquial, origin unknown; said to be originally thieves' slang for "lightning."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jiffy in Technology


1. The duration of one tick of the computer's system clock. Often one AC cycle time (1/60 second in the US and Canada, 1/50 most other places), but more recently 1/100 sec has become common.
2. Confusingly, the term is sometimes also used for a 1-millisecond wall time interval. Even more confusingly, physicists semi-jokingly use "jiffy" to mean the time required for light to travel one foot in a vacuum, which turns out to be close to one *nanosecond*.
[Jargon File]
(2002-03-02)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Idioms and Phrases with jiffy
see under in a flash
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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