Presto meaning

prĕs'tō
In a very fast tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegro but slower than prestissimo. Used chiefly as a direction.
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So suddenly that magic seems involved; right away.
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A passage or movement that is performed presto.
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In fast tempo: when used other than in musical scores, also in roman type.
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A passage or movement to be performed presto.
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Used, as by a magician in a conventional portrayal, to signify, or seemingly command, a sudden change or occurrence.
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Suddenly or rapidly.
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(music) Very fast or quickly; a directive for the musician(s) to play in a very quick tempo.
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Used by magicians when performing a trick; ta-da; voilà .

So I put my hand into the hat and presto! Out comes a rabbit!

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(poker slang) A pair of fives as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em.
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Origin of presto

  • Italian from Late Latin praestus quick from Latin praestō at hand ghes- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Italian presto (“quickly").
    From Wiktionary