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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Definitions for trice

  1. A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice."

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Citations for trice
There is no reason to doubt Alma here since so many other witnesses over the years tell similar tales . . . of the moody Mahler who would switch from eloquence to silence in a trice for no apparent reason. Jonathan Carr, Mahler: A Biography
Our super sleuth decided to take action and the mystery was solved in a trice. , The Guardian
Origin of trice
late Middle English
1400-1450
Trice is from Middle English (at a) trise, literally, "(at one) pull," from trisen, "to pull," from Middle Dutch trisen, "to hoist," from trise, "a windlass, a pulley."