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blink-and-you-miss-it

(used as a modifier before a noun) Of such a brief duration or small size as to be easily missed. I was excited to be in the movie, but it was really just a blink-and-you-miss-it part.

blink of an eye

Very quickly; in a very short period of time. Usually used in the phrase "in the blink of an eye." When we got into that car accident, our lives changed in the blink of an eye. Watch the baby closely, she can get into something dangerous in the blink of an eye.
See also: blink, eye, of

blink at something

 
1. Lit. to open and close the eyelids quickly, one or more times. I blinked at the bright light and finally had to close my eyes. Don't blink at me while I am trying to take your picture.
2. Fig. to overlook something, such as a mistake. (As if one had blinked one's eyes rather than seeing the error.) I just can't blink at that kind of behavior. We can't blink at what evil you did.
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blink one's tears back

Fig. to try to keep from crying. She blinked back her tears and went on. He blinked his tears back and endured the pain.
See also: back, blink, tear

on the fritz

 and on the blink
not operating; not operating correctly. This vacuum cleaner is on the fritz. Let's get it fixed. How long has it been on the blink?
See also: fritz, on

in the blink of an eye

extremely quickly There was a huge "boom" and in the blink of an eye the buildings were gone.
See also: blink, eye, of

on the blink

not operating well The computers in the accounting department are always on the blink and the bills don't get paid on time.
See also: blink, on

on the fritz

not working in the usual way, or not working at all The washing machine is on the fritz.
Usage notes: usually said of machines
See also: fritz, on

before somebody could blink

very quickly or suddenly Before you could blink, he'd grabbed the purse and was halfway down the street.
See also: before, blink, could

be on the blink

  (informal)
if a machine is on the blink, it is not working as it should I think the photocopier's on the blink.
See also: blink, on

in the blink of an eye

extremely quickly In the blink of an eye the handsome prince was transformed into an ugly frog.
See also: blink, eye, of

on the blink

Also, on the bum or fritz . Malfunctioning, out of order, broken, as in The TV is on the blink again, or You drive-our car's on the bum. The first of these slangy expressions dates from the late 1800s and possibly alludes to an electric light that flickers on and off ("blinks"); the second, from the same period, possibly is derived from bum in the sense of "a contemptible person"; the third, fritz, dating from about 1900, is of unknown origin.
See also: blink, on

on the fritz

see under on the blink.
See also: fritz, on

on the blink

1. mod. out of order; ill. (see also on the fritz.) My refrigerator is on the blink again.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated; on a drinking spree. They all went out and got on the blink.
See also: blink, on

on the fritz

1. mod. not functioning properly. My watch is on the fritz.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. She drank till she was totally on the fritz.
See also: fritz, on

in the blink of an eye

Very quickly.
See also: blink, eye, of

on the blink

Out of working order.
See also: blink, on

without blinking an eye

Without showing any reaction.
See also: blink, eye, without
References in classic literature ?
It is doubtful if he saw anything or anyone on this earth; it is substantially certain that he did not see a stunted, round-faced priest who, in the crowd below, looked up at him with blinking eyes.
At last he said, blinking as if in bodily distress: "Well, if that is so, sir, you need do no more than take the testamentary paper you spoke of and go.
Sometimes as he crouched there, blinking dreamily at the flames, it seemed that the flames were of another fire, and that as he crouched by this other fire he saw another and different man from the half-breed cook before him.
And dreaming there by the Yukon bank, with lazy eyes blinking at the fire, these sounds and sights of another world would make the hair to rise along his back and stand on end across his shoulders and up his neck, till he whimpered low and suppressedly, or growled softly, and the half-breed cook shouted at him, "Hey, you Buck, wake up
he said, and he caught me by the breast of the jacket, and looked this time straight into my eyes: his own were little and light, and bright like a bird's, blinking and winking strangely.
He sat awhile and shook, blinking in his plate: "He was all the brother that ever I had," he added, but with no heart in his voice; and then he caught up his spoon and fell to supper again, but still shaking.
He drained the glass suddenly and collapsed in his chair, blinking his eyes across at the wedded couple while tears trickled unheeded down his cheeks.
But as the official of the Embassy went on blinking at him steadily he felt constrained to add: "Allow me to observe that I have no means of action upon the police here.
Unless all these people with names are done away with," she finished, blinking and pursing up her lips.
She moved with him a few steps, blinking and nursing the cat with a small balancing movement of her arms.
So it turns out there's more--lots more--to blinking than meets the eye.
BLINKING our eyes is one of the body's most regular activities.
That means not blinking Most really good shooters also never blink (I'd call myself good, but not really good.
We all commonly find implicit breaks for blinking while viewing a video story," said Nakano.
Tear glands in the outside corners of your eyes are always making tears, and blinking wipes them away.