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suddenly (2 almost as freq. as the sense ‘unexpectedly, without warning’)
1. without preparation or premeditation, extempore 1H6 III. i. 5 “without invention, ,” 2H6 II. i. 129, H8 III. i. 69 “to make ye suddenly an answer.”
2. in a very short time, immediately, very soon, at once Wiv. IV. i. 6 “desires you to come ,” AYL. II. iv. 101 “I will . . . buy it . . . right ,” 1H4 I. iii. 295 “When time is ripe,—which will be ,” Ham. II. ii. 219 “I will . . . contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter,” Lucr. 1683.
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