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English definition of “hey presto”

hey presto

exclamation uk   /ˌheɪˈpres.təʊ/ us    /-toʊ/ UK (US presto) informal
said when something appears or happens so quickly or easily that it seems to be magic: You put your money in the machine and, hey presto, the coffee comes out!Easiness and simplicity
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