A teacher who is badly treated by a pupil can soonest obtain justice by appealing to the other pupils.
However, as Lady Betty says, "the least said, the soonest mended."
The least said is soonest mended, youve heard, and I guess the same idea applies to thanks.
"As you say, the least said the soonest mended," he rejoined.
For, perchance, where the hedge is lowest, they will soonest leap over.
A Loose-Fish is fair game for anybody who can soonest catch it.
A woman may get to love by degrees—the best fire dosna flare up the soonest.
"The least said the soonest mended about that one, I'm afeared," said the dame.
The next train out from Redding—They'll be here by five in the morning at soonest.
“The least said the soonest mended, McByle,” said the captain coldly.
Old English sona "at once, immediately, directly, forthwith," from West Germanic *sæno (cf. Old Frisian son, Old Saxon sana, Old High German san, Gothic suns "soon"). Sense softened early Middle English to "within a short time" (cf. anon). American English. Sooner for "Oklahoma native" is 1930 (earlier "one who acts prematurely," 1889), from the 1889 opening to whites of what was then part of Indian Territory, when many would-be settlers sneaked onto public land and staked their claims "sooner" than the legal date and time.