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    Could you please replase this expression to me?

    Stop wasting time! Get to the office on the double.

    Does it mean immediately?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: on/at the double

    Quote Originally Posted by Damnit View Post
    Could you please replase this expression to me?

    Stop wasting time! Get to the office on the double.

    Does it mean immediately?

    Thanks
    Last edited by Harry Smith; 11-Feb-2007 at 15:38.

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    Default Re: on/at the double

    "(Do it) on the double" is an idiom that means "(Do it) very quickly".
    So, yes, in your example the idea is that the person must come very quickly = immediately.

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    Default Re: on/at the double

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    "(Do it) on the double" is an idiom that means "(Do it) very quickly".
    So, yes, in your example the idea is that the person must come very quickly = immediately.
    Yes, thanks, Philly, that's what I had in mind.

    My blind shot to the base sentence is as follows:

    Get to the office on the double(times as fast as you could).

    Is it what you mean?

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    Default Re: on/at the double

    As far as I know, the idiom comes originally from military usage. Marching "on the double" means the soldiers march at double the speed or twice as fast as usual.
    In Damnit's sentence, the sense is basically "without delay" or "immediately" -- i.e. extremely quickly.

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