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prestissimo

[pre-stis-uh-moh; Italian pre-stees-see-maw] /prɛˈstɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian prɛˈstis siˌmɔ/
adverb
1.
(a musical direction) in the most rapid tempo.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian: most quickly, superlative of presto presto
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  • McCormick dashed off marriages at the rate of one every sixty seconds, rattling off the service in a prestissimo mumble.
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prestissimo

/prɛˈstɪsɪˌməʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
to be played as fast as possible
noun (pl) -mos
2.
a piece or passage directed to be played in this way
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: very quickly, from presto fast
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