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 for shortly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shortly \Short"ly\, adv. [AS. sceortlice.]
     1. In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.
        --Chaucer.
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              I shall grow jealous of you shortly.  --Shak.
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              The armies came shortly in view of each other.
                                                    --Clarendon.
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     2. In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express
        ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shortly
      adv 1: for a short time; "he was at the airport shortly before
             she was expected to arrive"
      2: in the near future; "the doctor will soon be here"; "the book
         will appear shortly"; "she will arrive presently"; "we should
         have news before long" [syn: soon, shortly, presently,
         before long]
      3: in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner; "he told me curtly
         to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone"; "he said
         shortly that he didn't like it" [syn: curtly, short,
         shortly]
      4: in a concise manner; in a few words; "the history is summed
         up concisely in this book"; "she replied briefly"; "briefly,
         we have a problem"; "to put it shortly" [syn: concisely,
         briefly, shortly, in brief, in short]
      5: at a short distance; "the hem fell shortly below her knees"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  64 Moby Thesaurus words for "shortly":
     abruptly, after a while, anon, aphoristically, bearishly,
     before long, betimes, bluffly, bluntly, boorishly, brashly,
     briefly, brusquely, by and by, cavalierly, churlishly,
     compendiously, concisely, crisply, crustily, curtly, directly,
     economically, ere long, fleetingly, flickeringly, flittingly,
     for a moment, gruffly, harshly, immediately, in a moment,
     in a while, in an instant, in brief, in brief compass,
     in due course, in due time, in short, just, laconically,
     momentarily, nastily, peremptorily, pithily, pointedly, presently,
     pronto, quickly, right, rudely, sententiously, sharply, snippily,
     soon, sparely, succinctly, summarily, swiftly, synoptically,
     tartly, tersely, testily, transiently
  
  

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