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Definition of presto exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    presto

     exclamation
    exclamation
    BrE BrE//ˈprestəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprestoʊ//
     
    (North American English) (British English hey presto)
     
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  1. 1something that people say when they have just done something so quickly and easily that it seems to have been done by magic
  2. 2something that people say just before they finish a magic trick
  3. Word OriginItalian, ‘quick, quickly’, from late Latin praestus ‘ready’, from Latin praesto ‘at hand’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: presto