British
: suddenly as if by magic

Examples of hey presto in a Sentence

A wave of the hand and, hey presto, it's gone!
Recent Examples on the Web In the chaos, Joe slips Simon's ear into Dawn's bag, and hey presto, framing accomplished! Sara Netzley, EW.com, 9 Mar. 2023 And hey presto, here's an important step toward becoming God. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 10 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hey presto was in 1732

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“Hey presto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hey%20presto. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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