from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Offhand; immediately; without delay; at once.
  • noun At or by one's own hand; without the intervention of another; specifically, in Scots law, on one's own authority, or without legal warrant.


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  • Lit. "with a short hand", it is used in Italian to describe a direct delivery, without intermediaries; for the original Latin meaning cf. here.

    April 22, 2009