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Thursday, April 19, 2007

trice

\TRYS\ , noun;
1.
A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice."
Quotes:
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.
-- "Furthermore", The Guardian, October 30, 2001
Catastrophic fires could wipe out as much as 1 million sq km of rain forest in a trice.
-- Sandy M. Fernandez, "Global Concern", Time, September 18, 2000
Origin:
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."
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