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verb (used without object)
  1. to sweep through the air, as a bird or a bat, especially down upon prey.

  2. to come down upon something in a sudden, swift attack (often followed by down and on or upon): The army swooped down on the town.

verb (used with object)
  1. to take, lift, scoop up, or remove with or as with one sweeping motion (often followed by up, away, or off): He swooped her up in his arms.

  1. an act or instance of swooping; a sudden, swift descent.

Idioms about swoop

  1. at / in one fell swoop, all at once or all together, as if by one blow: The quake flattened the houses at one fell swoop.

Origin of swoop

1535–45; variant (with close ō) of Middle English swopen,Old English swāpan to sweep1; cognate with German schweifen

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British Dictionary definitions for swoop


/ (swuːp) /

  1. (intr; usually foll by down, on, or upon) to sweep or pounce suddenly

  2. (tr; often foll by up, away, or off) to seize or scoop suddenly

  1. the act of swooping

  2. a swift descent

Origin of swoop

Old English swāpan to sweep; related to Old High German sweifan to swing around, Old Norse sveipa to throw

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see one fell swoop.

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