like a shot

adverb
without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
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he answered immediately

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found an answer straightaway

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an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith

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Come here now!

Syn:
Derived from adjective: ↑immediate (for: ↑immediately)

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WITHOUT HESITATION, unhesitatingly, eagerly, enthusiastically; immediately, at once, right away/now, straight away, instantly, instantaneously, without delay; informal in/like a flash, before one can say Jack Robinson.
shot

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adverb

the dog lunged against the opening, came through like a shot … and tore out of the house — Erle Stanley Gardner

2. : without hesitation : willingly

if we could do anything in return, then we would like a shot — D.G.Mackail

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like a shot
1. Instantly, quickly
2. Eagerly, willingly
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Main Entry:shot

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like a shot informal phrase
immediately and very quickly

He heard a noise downstairs and was out of bed like a shot.

Thesaurus: quicklysynonym happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediatelysynonym
Main entry: shot

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informal without hesitation; willingly

"Would you go back?" "Like a shot."

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like a shot
: immediately and very quickly

He started the car and took off like a shot.

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Main Entry:shot

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like a ˈshot idiom
(informal) very quickly and without hesitating

If I had the chance to go there, I'd go like a shot.

Main entry:shotidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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