at one fell swoop


at one fell swoop
at one fell swoop (Shakespeare, Macbeth IV.3.218)
1. By one terrible blow
2. (also in or with) by one complete decisive action
3. Suddenly
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Main Entry:swoop

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with one sudden action, or on one single occasion

In one fell swoop he’s destroyed everything we’ve achieved in the last year.

Thesaurus: happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediatelysynonym happening only oncesynonym
Main entry: swoop

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at (or in) one fell swoop
see fell IV

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at/in one fell swoop idiom
all at the same time; in a single action, especially a sudden or violent one

If the new law is passed, it will remove press freedom in one fell swoop.

Main entry:fellidiom

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