one fell swoop

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - one fell swoop

"one fell swoop"

all at once;

with a single decisive or powerful action


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - one fell swoop

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: It is going to take us months to archive all these documents if we do them one by one.

Colleague 2: What do you suggest?

Colleague 1: Let's take a week or so to organize the documents in such a way that we can write an algorithm that will automatically archive documents.

Colleague 2: That is brilliant. Then with one fell swoop, all the current documents will be archived and all future documents can be easily archived as they are produced.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - one fell swoop

Two friends are talking at a party ...

Friend 1: The guests must have been hungry.

Friend 2: Why do you say that?

Friend 1: I ordered eight large pizzas and as soon as they arrived, all the guests descended on them and, in one fell swoop, ate them all.

Friend 2: All the pizza is gone? But I didn't get any.

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one fell swoop - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for one fell swoop.

one fell swoop - Examples:

1)  How would it help if the total U.S. debt was wiped out in one fell swoop?

2)  If you want to get rid of guns everywhere in the world in one fell swoop including all militaries and leaders, then I would be for that.

3)  Once we determined the Earth-sun distance, in one fell swoop we were able to calculate the distances to all the other planets.

4)  ... it easier on themselves and just cut out a bunch of links with one fell swoop but it really does need to be done on a case by case basis.

5)  I don't care if they come in one fell swoop, or in many smaller chunks like this.

6)  ... use of digital textbooks, they'll destroy the used book market in one fell swoop which means even more profits. 

7)  If Apple could go retina across the board in one fell swoop -- all iPhones, all iPads, all Macs -- they would.

8)  ... if it continues on this path will come not in one fell swoop, but by a thousand cuts.

9)  Sinclair's pension proposal was very popular because in one fell swoop it reduced the minimum age for pensions by 10 years, almost doubled their value ...

10)  Also, to prevent the entire collection from getting wiped out in one fell swoop, shoppers will not be allowed to buy more than four pieces of one particular ...

11)  Literally millions of people lost their life-savings in one fell swoop. The local equity market tanked catastrophically, as did the local bond markets.

12)  In one fell swoop, Newton unified the heavens and the earth in a single theory he called gravity.

13)  But in one fell swoop, he fixed 50 years of Detroit incompetence at the highest levels.

14)  The unit we spent years building was destroyed in one fell swoop and is reverting back to a mire of poor management, burned out nurses, ...

15)  I can either practice restraint or topple my grocery budget in one fell swoop. It may be dangerous to let me grocery shop alone from now on.

16)  He gave away nothing and then in one fell swoop he gave away almost all of his money, thoughtlessly, to one guy, ...

17)  Yoda drew his light saber and in one fell swoop decapitated his would-be assassins.

18)  ... to show the house to as many people as possible in one fell swoop. Not a bad idea at all, for the Home Tour was always well-attended.

19)  ... immigration reform anticipates giving green cards to up to 11 million people in one fell swoop and making them eligible for citizenship six years later. 

20)  He said freedom can disappear in one fell swoop with political upheaval, or be chipped away a little bit at a time by ...