"in the bat of an eye"
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: Where is your laptop?
Colleague 2: It was stolen.
Colleague 1: What do you mean? It was stolen. Couldn't you do anything?
Colleague 2: The thief walked into the office, straight over to my desk and just grabbed the laptop and ran. It all happened in the bat of an eye. It happened so fast that I didn't really realize what was going on until the thief was long gone. In fact, it happened so quickly that no one else in the office even saw what happened.
A doctor and patient are talking ...
Patient: Do I really need the procedure?
Doctor: It is a very minor procedure. In can be done right here in the exam room. It will be over in the bat of an eye.
Patient: And I can just walk out and go about my business?
Doctor: Absolutely. It is a very quick and minor procedure. You will be on your way in five minutes.
There is no gerund form for in the bat of an eye.
1) While we were inspecting the tree, out popped a stoat and in the bat of an eye, away it went.
2) ... closure to a terrible tragic personal event where loved ones were taken away in the bat of an eye.
3) ... you feel like you're throwing a great ball game and then, in the bat of an eye, you give up a three-run home run, ...
4) ... so full of passion for music, that an hour-long conversation passed by in the bat of an eye, and before I knew it I had pages of notes.
5) ... was a big hit record and we did it in no time, in the bat of an eye.
6) Ricky works really fast, so it can go by in the bat of an eye.
7) Milly disappeared "in the bat of an eye" after leaving Walton-on-Thames station to walk home.
8) ... successful are extremely unstable. This means a newly created element could disappear in the bat of an eye.
9) ... training their brain to execute astonishingly difficult calculations in the bat of an eye.
10) ... became wheelchair bound after an accident, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the bat of an eye.
11) It's not an exaggeration that ten minutes can go by in the bat of an eye.
12) Factors that influence the health of a portfolio can change in the bat of an eye.
13) She never had a chance to have kids or to enjoy life. In the bat of an eye, her life was taken from her.
14) An experienced pilot said the collision probably happened in the bat of an eye. It happened so quickly.
15) Your world can change in the bat of an eye.
16) Well friends, like a great summer holiday that comes and goes in the bat of an eye - all things must come to an end.
17) ... but as so many devices and platforms come and go in the bat of an eye, ...
18) ... by feeding this information into a machine that can trawl through the data in the bat of an eye doctors could save themselves thousands of man hours a year.
19) ... are 50 free and useful websites that are available to all of us in the bat of an eye.
20) ... into the path of an incoming train. It was all over in the bat of an eye, ...