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Word of the Week – Expedite


Expediate – 

  • To make something happen quickly.

expedite (v.)
From Latin expeditus, past participle of expedire  which literally means “free the feet from fetters,” from ex “out” (see ex-) + *pedis “fetter, chain for the feet.  Freeing the feet= enables faster movement.

CHARACTERISTICS Example in a sentence

Please expedite the delivery of the package.

EXAMPLES (synonyms):

  • accelerate
  • advance
  • stimulate
  • precipitate
  • facilitate

NON-EXAMPLES (antonyms):

  • delay
  • halt
  • cease
  • hold
  • hinder


Do you know the idiom ‘at the drop of a hat’
When we say something happened ‘at the drop of a hat’ we mean that it happened very quickly, without stopping to spend time deliberating.

Origin – the story:

This phrase originated from the United States in the 19th century.

The beginning of a fight or race would be started by either dropping a hat or sweeping it down whilst still holding it.

Example: If I ever had the chance, I would go to China at the drop of a hat!

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