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Posthaste

Why do we use the term “posthaste” to mean as fast as pos­si­ble?

Be­cause back in the days when all travel was by horse, trav­el­ing by post – that is, by pub­lic coach – was faster than trav­el­ing by pri­vate car­riage. The owner of a pri­vate ve­hi­cle had to stop to rest his horses, but “post horses” were used in re­lays and the coach kept rolling.

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