In Two Shakes of a Lamb's Tail

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Too fast, immediately and at once without any delay

Etymology:

  • In 19th century, there was a saying, ‘two shakes’ suggesting something to occur quickly. But many wondered about two shakes of what? Two shakes did not clearly referred to a particular thing, eventually it was thought by an imaginative person to refer to “two shakes of a lamb’s tail” with the idea that lamb’s tail shakes very quickly. You can observe this in a lamb. Today the phrase “two shakes of a lamb’s tail” is used to suggest any thing that happens too quickly.
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In torrent rain and flood, the rescue team asked the locals to vacate the place in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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i två skakningar av ett lammsvans

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