Definition of swoop noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//swuːp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//swuːp//
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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/somebody 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. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘sweep along in a stately manner’): perhaps a dialect variant of Old English swāpan, of Germanic origin. The early sense of the noun was ‘a blow, stroke’.Idioms all at the same time; in a single action, especially a sudden or violent one If the new law is passed, it will remove press freedom in one fell swoop.
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