at one fell swoop
at one fell swoop & in one fell swoop
Fig. in a single incident; as a single event. (This phrase preserves the old word

fell,

meaning “terrible” or “deadly.”) •

The party guests ate up all the snacks at one fell swoop.

When the stock market crashed, many large fortunes were wiped out in one fell swoop.

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See: IN ONE FELL SWOOP.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • 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 • • • Main Entry: ↑swoop * * * in/at/ …   Useful english dictionary

  • at one fell swoop — See: IN ONE FELL SWOOP …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at one fell swoop — Ⅰ. ► at (or in) one fell swoop see FELL(Cf. ↑feller). Main Entry: ↑swoop Ⅱ. ► in (or at) one fell swoop all in one go. [ORIGIN: from Shakespeare s Macbeth (IV. iii. 219).] …   English terms dictionary

  • at\ one\ fell\ swoop — • in one fell swoop • at one fell swoop adv. phr. 1. literary In one attack or accident; in one bad blow. The millionaire lost his money and his friends at one fell swoop. 2. At one time; at the same time. Three cars drove into the driveway, and… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at one fell swoop — if you do something at one fell swoop, you do everything you have to do at the same time. I d prefer to do the paperwork in one fell swoop. At least then we know it s finished with …   New idioms dictionary

  • at one fell swoop — Meaning Origin From Shakespeare s Macbeth. MACDUFF: [on hearing that his family and servants have all been killed] He has no children. All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam At one fell… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • at one fell swoop — See in one fell swoop …   English idioms

  • at one fell swoop — all at once, simultaneously …   English contemporary dictionary

  • in/at one fell swoop — see ↑fell, 3 • • • Main Entry: ↑swoop …   Useful english dictionary

  • in (or at) one fell swoop — all in one go. [from Shakespeare s Macbeth (IV. iii. 219).] → fell …   English new terms dictionary

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