in/at one fell swoop

Definition of in/at one fell swoop

:with a single, quick action or effort
  • The court has dismissed all of the charges against him in one fell swoop.

Word by Word Definitions

fell play
  1. : skin, hide, pelt

  2. : a thin tough membrane covering a carcass directly under the hide

  1. : to cut, knock, or bring down

  2. : kill

  3. : to sew (a seam) by folding one raw edge under the other and sewing flat on the wrong side

  1. : past tense of fall

  1. : fierce, cruel, terrible

  2. : sinister, malevolent

  3. : very destructive : deadly

  1. : a high barren field or moor

swoop play
  1. : to move with a sweep

  2. : to gain or carry off in or as if in a swoop

  1. : an act or instance of swooping

  2. : a single concentrated and quickly effective effort


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