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swoop

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verb \ˈswüp\

Simple Definition of swoop

  • : to fly down through the air suddenly

  • : to arrive at a place suddenly and unexpectedly

Full Definition of swoop

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move with a sweep

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to gain or carry off in or as if in a swoop —usually used with up

swoop·er noun

Examples of swoop

  1. The police swooped in and captured the criminals.



Origin of swoop

alteration of Middle English swopen to sweep, from Old English swāpan — more at sweep


First Known Use: 1566


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swoop

noun

Definition of swoop

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of swooping

  2. 2 :  a single concentrated and quickly effective effort <was done in one swoop> —often used with fell <solved everything at one fell swoop>



1605

First Known Use of swoop

1605



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