(as) quick as a wink
(as) quick as a wink
Incredibly quickly or speedily. Did you see that martial arts master? His threw those kicks as quick as a wink! Quick as a wink, Mary finished her exam and raced out of the classroom.
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*quick as a winkand *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.
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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.
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quick as a wink/bunny
Very rapid(ly). The earliest such simile is quick as a bee, which found a place in John Heywood’s Proverbs (1546). It was followed by quick as thought, appearing in Thomas Shelton’s 1620 translation of Cervantes’s Don Quixote and in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa (1748), among other sources. Also common in the eighteenth century was quick as lightning, with a nineteenth-century American variant, quick as greased lightning. None but the last is heard much anymore, but quick as a wink, referring to the blink of an eye and appearing in one of Thomas Haliburton’s Sam Slick stories (1843), is current, as are quick as a flash, presumably referring to lightning as well, and quick as a bunny (or rabbit), which dates from the late nineteenth century. See also like the wind; like greased lightning.
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