in the blink of an eye


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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

If something happens or is done in the blink of an eye, it happens or is done very quickly. It was all over in the blink of an eye. Note: People sometimes use in the blinking of an eye with the same meaning. Almost in the blinking of an eye, everything we owned had gone for ever.
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in the blink of an eye

very quickly. informal
1995 Daily Mail It also has an unnerving way of flipping over from comedy to tragedy, or from tragedy to comedy, in the blink of an eye.
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in the blink of an ˈeye

very quickly; in a short time: He was gone in the blink of an eye.
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in the blink of an eye

Very quickly.
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Blink, 47, who got his nickname because of rumours that he would kill in the blink of an eye, has not had his problems to seek recently.