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A.Word.A.Day--tantivy

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tantivy (tan-TIV-ee) adverb

At full gallop; at full speed.

noun

A fast gallop; rush.

adjective

Swift.

interjection

A hunting cry by a hunter riding a horse at full speed.

[Of obscure origin, perhaps from the sound of a galloping horse's feet.]

"But both the book and the exhibit show clearly that along with these changes in diet, sport and exercise had an early start and a long run among the tangled tantivy of 19th-century cures, cons, leeches, preachers, drugs, zaps, baths, diets, teetotaling, indoor plumbing, ventilation, and `Spanish Nerve Grains' that stampeded Americans into our current obsession with fitness." Christina Robb, Exercists America's Longtime Pursuit of Fitness, The Boston Globe, Mar 13, 1988.

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