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in the blink of an eye

So quickly as to seem almost imperceptible (i.e., in the space of time it takes a person to blink). The high-speed camera reveals how the frog uses its specialized tongue to capture the insect in the blink of an eye. Working on Wall Street, you get used to massive financial changes happening in the blink of an eye.
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in the blink of an eye

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

extremely quickly In the blink of an eye the handsome prince was transformed into an ugly frog.
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in the blink of an eye

Very quickly.
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