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    Smartly now

    Hello,

    Are smartly now! and be smart! common idioms in English? I came across them in reading The Ghost Pirates by W.H.Hodgson (1909).

    "Come in out of that, you!" the Old Man sung out "Smartly now, and get down on deck!"

    "Shove one under the spanker boom," the Old Man sung out, as the boy finished lashing up the other two. "Be smart now."

    "Up the main some of you, smartly now, and find out who that damned fool is up there. See what mischief he's up to."

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Smartly now

    No, they sound very dated.

    They were probably common when this was written; over 100 years ago.
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    Re: Smartly now

    The only time I use "smart" in the context of speed is if I'm quoting from Mary Poppins​. She said "Quick smart!" quite a lot when trying to hurry the children up.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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