in one fell swoop


in one fell swoop
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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in (or at) one fell swoop
all at one time

nothing can topple the government in one fell swoop

Origin:
from Shakespeare's Macbeth (iv. iii. 219)

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: with a single, quick action or effort

The court has dismissed all of the charges against him in one fell swoop.

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Main Entry:fell

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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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