hey presto
interjection Date: 1731 British suddenly as if by magic

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hey presto — or (old) hey pass interjection and noun A conjuror s expression, as on successfully accomplishing a trick • • • Main Entry: ↑hey …   Useful english dictionary

  • hey presto — interjection a) Used by stage magicians, when waving a magic wand and performing a trick. If you take the next left, you’ll see a big shop and hey presto, you’re there. b) Indicates a sudden desirable conclusion or change, as if by magic; ta da;… …   Wiktionary

  • hey presto — hey pres|to [ˌheı ˈprestəu US tou] interjection BrE used to say that something happens so easily that it seems to be magic American Equivalent: presto …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hey presto — exclamation see presto …   English new terms dictionary

  • hey presto — interjection especially BrE used to say that something happens so easily that it seems to be magic …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hey presto — UK / US interjection British 1) said when someone or something changes so quickly that it seems like magic 2) said just before you finish a magic trick …   English dictionary

  • hey-presto — /heɪ ˈprɛstoʊ/ (say hay prestoh) interjection (an exclamation of triumph, etc., on the completion of a conjuring trick, feat, etc.) …   Australian English dictionary

  • hey pass — hey presto or (old) hey pass interjection and noun A conjuror s expression, as on successfully accomplishing a trick • • • Main Entry: ↑hey …   Useful english dictionary

  • presto — ► ADVERB & ADJECTIVE Music ▪ in a quick tempo. ► EXCLAMATION (Brit. also hey presto) ▪ announcing the successful completion of a conjuring trick or other surprising achievement. ORIGIN Italian, quick, quickly …   English terms dictionary

  • presto — pres|to1 [ˈprestəu US tou] adj, adv technical played or sung very quickly presto 2 presto2 plural prestos n technical a piece of music, or part of one, that is played or sung very quickly presto 3 presto3 interjection AmE said when something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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