American English

Definition of swoop noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an act of moving suddenly and quickly through the air in a downward direction, as a bird does synonym dive
  2. 2swoop (on something/somebody) an act of arriving somewhere or attacking something or someone in a way that is sudden and unexpected synonym raid Large quantities of drugs were found during a police swoop on the star's New York home.
  3. Idioms
    at/in one fell swoop
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    all at the same time; in a single action, especially a sudden or violent one If the new law is passed, it will remove freedom of the press in one fell swoop.
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