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in the twinkling of an eye

Immediately; very quickly; at once. Just call us on this number if you have any problems, and we'll be back in the twinkling of an eye. Don't worry, boss, I'll have this report typed up in the twinkling of an eye!
See also: eye, of, twinkling

in the twinkling of an eye

 and in the wink of an eye
Fig. very quickly. In the twinkling of an eye, the deer had disappeared into the forest. I gave Bill ten dollars and, in the twinkling of an eye, he spent it.
See also: eye, of, twinkling

in the twinkling of an eye

In an instant, as in The breakup of Yugoslavia created many warring nations in the twinkling of an eye. This hyperbolic expression, which alludes to the very brief time it takes for an eye to blink, is heard less often today. [c. 1300]
See also: eye, of, twinkling

in a twinkling (or the twinkling of an eye)

in an instant; very quickly.
A twinkling is the time taken to wink or blink an eye. The phrase can be traced back to 1 Corinthians 15:52: ‘In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed’, and it has been in figurative sense since medieval times.
See also: twinkling

in the ˌtwinkling of an ˈeye

very quickly: Her mood can change in the twinkling of an eye.
See also: eye, of, twinkling
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