It all came back to him with the clearness, with the quick cruelty of a lightning stroke.
Was he a man for a coup-de-foudre, the lightning stroke of love?
With a startled snarl he turned and struck upward with his armed paw, a lightning stroke, at the unseen assailant.
Like a lightning stroke the news of their wedding had fallen on her.
The thing that's happened—this lightning stroke—is far from simple.
It prevented the lightning stroke, he said; that might be, but they did not see the prevention.
She retained her consciousness, but she never knew by what lightning stroke she was set free.
They have suffered the lightning stroke of disaster or bereavement.
A lightning stroke so near and sharp that I fancied I could hear the hiss was accompanied by a savage thunder-clap.
Suddenly he received a shock which seemed to him like a lightning stroke.