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quick time

Military. a rate of marching in which 120 paces, each of 30 inches (76.2 cm), are taken in a minute.
Origin of quick time
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Only when men began to lag behind was the return to regular "quick-time" ordered.

British Dictionary definitions for quick-time

quick time

(military) the normal marching rate of 120 paces to the minute Compare double time (sense 3), double time (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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