presto chango

1 of 2

imperative verb

presto chan·​go
: change quickly
used originally as a magician's command

presto chango

2 of 2


: a sudden transformation as if by magic
suggest that the solution of social and political ills lay in … a moral presto chango —Irwin Edman

Word History


Imperative verb

presto entry 1 + chango (from change + -o —as in presto)

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“Presto chango.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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