verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of swoop
Examples from the Web for swoop
She needs to reassure Brody that all will be well—that the CIA will swoop in and iron everything out.
What next, a swoop by the Irish cops on eagles lifting babies from prams?Roma Face Persecution Across Europe In New Baby Stealing Panic|Tom Sykes, Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Watching this movie makes you want to swoop in and rescue all the kids who go through things like this in real life.How Jennifer Hudson Played a Drug Addict—Despite a Lifetime of Sobriety|Kevin Fallon|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
That leaves plenty of room for Patinkin to swoop in and claim one of the spots that is rightfully his.Give Mandy Patinkin an Emmy Nomination for ‘Homeland,’ Already!|Jason Lynch|July 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Already rumors are rife in Islamabad that the U.S. may be ginning up another U.S. SEAL raid to swoop in and snatch him to freedom.Pakistan Sentences Shakil Afridi to 30 Years, Sends U.S. Clear Signal|Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai|May 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Roland hung down his head, thunderstruck by an announcement which, at one swoop, dashed away all his hopes.Roland Cashel|Charles James Lever
Madam Johnsen stood there as though she would like to swoop down on their heads.Pelle the Conqueror, Complete|Martin Anderson Nexo
He thought of that swift flight of aeroplanes like the swoop of Fate towards him.When the Sleeper Wakes|Herbert George Wells
Presently they began to swoop fiercely at some animal—a fisher, probably—that was climbing the tree below.Wood Folk at School|William J. Long
But what became of the families of the habitans after this swoop of your foragers?The Golden Dog|William Kirby
Word Origin for swoop
1560s, "to move or walk in a stately manner," apparently from a dialectal survival of Old English swapan "to sweep, brandish, dash," from Proto-Germanic *swaipanan, from PIE root *swei- "to swing, bend, to turn." Meaning "pounce upon with a sweeping movement" first recorded 1630s. Spelling with -oo- may have been influenced by Scottish and northern England dialectal soop "to sweep," from Old Norse sopa "to sweep." Related: Swooped; swooping.
1540s, from swoop (v.). Phrase one fell swoop is from Shakespeare.
Oh, Hell-Kite! All? What, All my pretty Chickens, and their Damme, At one fell swoope? ["Macbeth," IV.iii.219]
see one fell swoop.