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Life is short and time is swift.

Prov. You should enjoy life as much as possible, because it does not last very long. Jill: Want to go to the movies with me? Jane: Oh, I don't know; I should probably stay at work and finish a few things. Jill: Come on, Jane, life is short and time is swift.
See also: and, life, short, swift, time

*quick as a wink

 and *quick as a flash; *quick as (greased) lightning; *swift as lightning
very quickly. (*Also: as ~.) As quick as a wink, the thief took the lady's purse. I'll finish this work quick as a flash. Quick as greased lightning, the thief stole my wallet.
See also: quick, wink

swift and sure

fast and certain. (As with the flight of a well-aimed arrow.) The response of the governor to the criticism by the opposing party was swift and sure. The boxer's punch was swift and sure and resulted in a quick knockout and a very short match.
See also: and, sure, swift

*swift as an arrow

 and *swift as the wind; *swift as thought
very fast. (*Also: as ~.) The new intercity train is swift as an arrow. You won't have to wait for me long; I'll be there, swift as thought.
See also: arrow, swift

quick as a wink

Also, quick as a bunny or a flash . Very speedily, as in He was out of here quick as a wink, or She answered, quick as a bunny. These similes have largely replaced the earlier quick as lightning, although quick as a flash no doubt alludes to it (also see like greased lightning), and quick as thought, now obsolete. The bunny variant dates from the mid-1800s, the others from the late 1800s.
See also: quick, wink


1. mod. smart and clever. Excuse my brother. He’s not too swift.
2. mod. sexually fast or easy, usually said of a woman. Britney is swift, they say, but I find her to be a perfect lady.
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Bullard defines Swifts marginalia as either wholly private or penned for a coterie group, a suggestive postulation, but not one that can really be proved.
Curll, that is, effectively created Swifts identity as a miscellany author, while also using his 1709-10 strategy of appropriating Swift's pieces to cultivate his own reputation.
17) Swifts output can be variously categorized, but one obvious division is between the public and the private--a partitioning not always relevant to the Works, especially in its volume of poetry.
The Journal to Stella and the parodies and hoaxes included in Rumbold's volume demonstrate Swifts capacity for jokiness and his engagement with political life, but in terms of genre, tone, and purpose, the works brought together in these two volumes alone (and never mind the rest of the substantial canon) make Swifts immense authorial range abundantly clear.
According to Brinkley, Hoffman "sought to convince his Swift boat skippers to do whatever it took to notch splashy victories in the Mekong Delta and thereby get him promoted.
Kerry came almost immediately to understand--as did almost everybody assigned to the Swift boats--that there was no point to these and runs.
At one point, six Swift boats, Kerry's included, were ordered to move up to the Bo De River by way of lesser rivers and canals, whence, it was hoped, they could break away to safety.
Today, Swift Transcriptions employs 65 people, most of them working mothers, who work out of the company's offices in north Spokane.
Spokane's Swift Transcriptions was awarded top honors among small private firms.
In our day and age, people define family in all kinds of ways,'' said Swift, ``so it's a question of how you gracefully integrate your life and your work and your other interests.
Almost as an afterthought, Patrice Swift says, they took out an ad in the Yellow Pages.
According to him, he was falsely accused, adding that Swift should have called the police instead of his bosses after the alleged groping.
Meanwhile, Swift has filed a countersuit against Mueller.
However, the bodyguard did not apprehend Mueller because Swift previously told him that sometimes he was "a little too mean" while on the job.
I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before," Swift said.