in/at one fell swoop

Definition of in/at one fell swoop

  1. :  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

  1. :  skin, hide, pelt

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

  1. :  to cut, knock, or bring down

    :  kill

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

  1. : past tense offall

  1. :  fierce, cruel, terrible

    :  sinister, malevolent

    :  very destructive :  deadly

  1. :  a high barren field or moor

  1. :  to move with a sweep

  1. :  an act or instance of swooping

    :  a single concentrated and quickly effective effort

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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