quick as a wink

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*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

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
References in classic literature ?
But, already, my knees were touching the window-sill, and, by a movement quick as lightning, I got on to it.
As quick as lightning the man's head shot forward and his neck stretched out until the top of the head, where it was flat, struck the Scarecrow in the middle and sent him tumbling, over and over, down the hill.
This was long before daybreak; and then they bustled away as quick as lightning.
Quick as lightning they were upon him, and Tars Tarkas would have been gathered to his fathers in short order had I not sprung before his prostrate form and engaged his adversaries.
Quick as lightning the half-breed sprang for a window, tore his way through all opposers, and was gone!
Once when I turned short and dodged under his arm he made a grab and got me by the jacket between my shoulders, and I thought I was gone; but I slid out of the jacket quick as lightning, and saved myself.
His hand of iron grasped, quick as lightning, firm as a pair of blacksmith's pincers, the soldier's throat.
Quick as lightning Raoul bent down his head, and forced down that of his father likewise.
But at that instant, another sensation swept through me as quick as lightning.
Nobody asked you to go ashore,' says she, quick as lightning," Sparrowhawk grinned.
Then he is right partly," said the elder woman, quick as lightning.
Then quick as lightning he sprang from his horse before the Dragon had time to shut his mouth.
Curiosity prevailed over prudence; and profiting by the preoccupation into which the sight of the handkerchief appeared to have plunged the two personages now on the scene, he stole from his hiding place, and quick as lightning, but stepping with utmost caution, he ran and placed himself close to the angle of the wall, from which his eye could pierce the interior of Aramis's room.
Powell had lost himself in listening to these broken ravings, in looking at that old feverish face when, suddenly, quick as lightning, Mr.
But Job Rudkin and Harry Winburn were the stars--the former stiff and sturdy, with legs like small towers; the latter pliant as indiarubber and quick as lightning.