before one can blink

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of before one can blink

informal
: very quickly
  • This may hurt a little, but it'll be over before you can blink.

Word by Word Definitions

before play
  1. : in advance : ahead

  2. : at an earlier time

  1. : forward of : in front of

  2. : in the presence of

  3. : under the jurisdiction or consideration of

  1. : earlier than the time that

  2. : sooner or quicker than

  3. : so that … do not

can play
  1. : know, understand

  2. : to be able to do, make, or accomplish

  3. : to have knowledge or skill

  1. : a usually cylindrical receptacle:

  2. : a vessel for holding liquids

  3. : a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)

  1. : to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

  2. : to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

  3. : to hit (a shot) in basketball

blink play
  1. : to look glancingly : peep

  2. : to look with half-shut eyes

  3. : to close and open the eyes involuntarily

  1. : glimpse, glance

  2. : glimmer, sparkle

  3. : a usually involuntary shutting and opening of the eye


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