Usage: often not capitalized
Etymology: abbreviation of pretty damned quick

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pdq (informal)
Pretty damn quick, hence as soon as possible

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pdq UK [ˌpiː diː ˈkjuː] US [ˌpi di ˈkju] adverb very informal
pretty damn quick: used for saying that someone must do something immediately

Fill in the form and get it back to me pdq.

Thesaurus: happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediatelysynonym

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PDQ (no periods) or p.d.q.,
Slang. quickly; immediately: »

When he gives an order he wants you to carry it out PDQ!

[< p(retty) d(amn) q(uick)]

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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