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one fell swoop

A single and rapid act. “Fell” comes from an Old English word for frightful and “swoop” describes the way hawks and other birds of prey drop out of the sky to capture their victims. Accordingly, something that is done “in one fell swoop,” whether or not it is awful, happens with no hesitation. Shakespeare coined the phrase in Macbeth, where the character Macduff laments the murders of his wife and children with “What, all my pretty chick- ens and their dam / At one fell swoop?”
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The statement pointed out that "were targeted tactical site gangs Daash near Baiji, in one fell swoop, which led to the destruction of the wars site for Daash, in addition to targeting the tactical site to organize Daash near Habbaniyah air strike, which led to the destruction of the wars site and car Daash".
If they had one iota of common sense they would buy out the M6 Toll road and solve the traffic problems around Birmingham in one fell swoop.
The scoreline will no be much to the chagrin of fellow promotion hopefuls Newcastle though, who have seen their goal difference slashed, in one fell swoop, from 18 to five.
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About his goals: "I think you need to do it (comprehensive tax reform) in one fell swoop but, as I said earlier, I think we need to take a step on extending, because we're in this very unique situation of everything expiring, I think we need to deal with that but then move in one fell swoop to kind of bring in some more fundamental reform.
Blood clotting in humans is a highly complex process, he says, and probably did not develop in one fell swoop.
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In one fell swoop good, respected teachers from a well regarded establishment were replaced, sorry if any of the new teachers are reading, by people who commanded nothing like that same respect.
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