Toss a Cinderella- or Stockholm Syndrome-type victim into the mix and presto!
And presto: polio returned—first in Nigeria then across Africa and into Asia, following an established migration pattern.
The cards are quietly inserted into the slide; the leg is drawn up, and—hey, presto!
Suddenly a little whiff of air enters the pile, when, presto!
Students should never get the idea that you press down the string as you press a button and—presto—the magic harmonics appear!
A presto ingeniously represents the quick movements of the stag.
And suddenly it seemed that the nearby trees began to lift and disappear; and presto!
Then my success is certain; I think you'll say so when I draw the curtain, And, presto!
presto, he saw a flood of pink rush up her shoulders to her ears.
Then presto—the sun moves round, and my window is transformed!
1590s, "quickly," used by conjurers, etc., from Italian presto "quick, quickly" in conjuror's patter, from Latin praestus "ready," praesto (adv.) "ready, available," from prae "before" (see pre-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Cf. Latin praesto esse "to be at hand, be ready," source of French prêt "ready." As a musical direction, it is a separate borrowing from Italian, first recorded 1683.