- To make something happen quickly.
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.
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!