jiffy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jiffy a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat) "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. Thus the saying, I will be there in a jiffy.
    • n Jiffy A moment; an instant; as, I will be ready in a jiffy .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second
    • n jiffy A moment; an instant: as, I shall be with you in a jiffy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jiffy jif′fi (coll.) an instant.
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Idioms

In a jiffy - If something happens in a jiffy, it happens very quickly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. corrupt. fr. gliff,

Usage

In literature:

I'll tell you in a jiffy if he's my brother.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
Just hold your horses there, Mrs. C., and I'll have those papers up here in a jiffy.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
And be gone in a jiffy, before you awake.
"In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV)" by Harrison S. Morris
I'll fetch it in half a jiffy.
"The Strange Adventures of Eric Blackburn" by Harry Collingwood
Ye'd ketch me in a jiffy on thet-thar ploughed ground.
"Jokes For All Occasions" by Anonymous
If we don't get it up in a jiffy we shall have the bobbies after us!
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But I'll bring the scissors and do it in a jiffy.
"White Lilac; or the Queen of the May" by Amy Walton
He's very ugly and precious stoopid, but he'll tell us where we are in a jiffy.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
Now, my lads, be smart, and we'll have that gun up in a jiffy.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
It's all right, comrade; but if I had held my breath half a jiffy longer I should have gone off pop.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
But never fear, I'll cure you in a jiffy.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
The boats were down in a jiffy, and away we pulled.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
We were ordered to South America; and the trade winds took us there in a jiffy.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
I'll overhaul ye in a jiffy.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
You clean him up, Sall, and I'll be back in a jiffy.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Back yer topsails, ye young rascal, or I'll board ye in a jiffy.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
I can git ready in about seventeen jiffies, stop-watch time.
"A Little Norsk; Or, Ol' Pap's Flaxen" by Hamlin Garland
Here, girls, you come now and help sister, while I 'tend baby, and we'll have things comfortable in a jiffy.
"Joyce's Investments" by Fannie E. Newberry
Hows'ever, it had to be done, for I was alongside of another cow in a jiffy.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
We will have the tree down in a jiffy in that clear space.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

So they took her aboard in a jiffy,
And the shark stood attention the while,
Then he raised on his flipper
And ate up the skipper
And went on his way with a smile.
"The Rhyme Of The Chivalrous Shark" by Wallace Irwin
I served seven years then I rose from the ranks,
For one night when I got a bit Quiffy,
Out there, on the Somme, I sat down on a bomb,
And I rose from the ranks in a jiffy.
"The Trumpeter" by Billy Bennett

In news:

Mary J Blige at Jiffy Lube Live.
Deconstruction of Jiffy Lube building is nearly complete.
The relocation of Jiffy Lube to a spot further south on McLoughlin happened last summer.
Jiffy Car Wash & Detail Center.
Jiffy Steamer Releases Hand-Held Steamer Sep 17, 2003 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Jiffy Steamer Company, LLC, a maker of consumer and professional steaming equipment, released a travel steamer that is reportedly five-times faster than ironing.
VIew from Jiffy Market 34th and Hilyard.
A few weeks ago, the old Jiffy Lube building at McLoughlin and Oak Grove was dismantled.
When Jiffy's Not So Spiffy .
turns out Falcon Heene wasn't inside that floating Jiffy Pop bag after all.
Jiffy Lube Live cuts down on tailgaiting.
Anyone who's had to make a pit stop while waiting for the Jiffy Lube guys to do their thing knows that auto-repair places don't spend much effort on making their restrooms look great.
Suspect's family in Jiffy Lube murder makes a plea.
The family of a man wanted in connection with a murder at a Jiffy Lube in Port Richmond last month is pleading with him to turn himself in.
Alison Krauss, Young Jeezy, Jordan Knight, Mastodon, Slaughterhouse, Jiffy Lube Live's country megaticket.
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