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lightning stroke

noun
1.
a discharge of lightning between a cloud and the earth, esp one that causes damage
2.
(vet science) sudden death due to being struck by lightning, esp of cattle, horses or sheep
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  • Was he a man for a coup-de-foudre, the lightning stroke of love?

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • And followed this up with a lightning stroke on that big, twisted nose.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Like a lightning stroke the news of their wedding had fallen on her.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • It prevented the lightning stroke, he said; that might be, but they did not see the prevention.

    Makers of Electricity Brother Potamian
  • The thing that's happened—this lightning stroke—is far from simple.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • They have suffered the lightning stroke of disaster or bereavement.

    The Whole Armour of God John Henry Jowett
  • Suddenly he received a shock which seemed to him like a lightning stroke.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns
  • A lightning stroke of one of her shapeless fore-paws, and Tipperary was free.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • It was a lightning stroke, delivered so swiftly my eyes could not follow it.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • It was all new to him, raw and horrible—it had fallen upon him like a lightning stroke.

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair

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