before can say Jack Robinson

before can say Jack Robinson
before (you) can say Jack Robinson old-fashioned if you say that something happens before you can say Jack Robinson, it happens very suddenly.

I offered her a chocolate but before you could say Jack Robinson she'd eaten half the box.


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  • before you can say Jack Robinson — before (you) can say Jack Robinson old fashioned if you say that something happens before you can say Jack Robinson, it happens very suddenly. I offered her a chocolate but before you could say Jack Robinson she d eaten half the box …   New idioms dictionary

  • before you can say jack robinson — The term Jack Robinson represents a short amount of time . When you do something before you can say Jack Robinson, you do it very quickly …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • before one can say Jack Robinson — • before one knows where he is • before one can say Jack Robinson (from Idioms in Speech) very quickly; in no time He was very aged in the Vale you got to be a hundred before you knew where you were. (A. Coppard) ... she greeted me jovially, and …   Idioms and examples

  • before you can say Jack Robinson — phrase immediately, or suddenly Thesaurus: happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediatelysynonym Main entry: Jack Robinson …   Useful english dictionary

  • before you can say Jack Robinson —    The term Jack Robinson represents a short amount of time . </p><p>When you do something before you can say Jack Robinson, you do it very quickly.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • before you can say Jack Robinson — adverb Very quickly. Quicker than you expect. You have to be careful in that area. Theyll have your wallet before you can say Jack Robinson. Syn: in the twinkling of an eye, quick as a flash …   Wiktionary

  • before one can say Jack Robinson — {adv. cl.}, {informal} Very quickly; suddenly. An overused phrase. * /Before I could say Jack Robinson, the boy was gone./ Compare: IN A FLASH, RIGHT AWAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • before one can say Jack Robinson — {adv. cl.}, {informal} Very quickly; suddenly. An overused phrase. * /Before I could say Jack Robinson, the boy was gone./ Compare: IN A FLASH, RIGHT AWAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • before\ one\ can\ say\ Jack\ Robinson — adv cl. informal Very quickly; suddenly. An overused phrase. Before I could say Jack Robinson, the boy was gone. Compare: in a flash, right away …   Словарь американских идиом

  • before you can say Jack Robinson — very quickly, in a split second, in no time    Before you could say Jack Robinson, the ghost was gone! …   English idioms

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