quick as a wink

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(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.
See also: quick, wink

*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 ?
Suddenly there was a flash of light, and a quantity of luminous greenish smoke came out of the pit in three distinct puffs, which drove up, one after the other, straight into the still air.
It was flying straight towards him; the guttural cry, like the even tearing of some strong stuff, sounded close to his ear; the long beak and neck of the bird could be seen, and at the very instant when Levin was taking aim, behind the bush where Oblonsky stood, there was a flash of red lightning: the bird dropped like an arrow, and darted upwards again.
Just at that moment he saw distinctly what appeared to be a flash of lightning in the sky, followed by a report which sounded like a sharp clap of thunder.
A flash of light gleamed upon the fugitive for a moment.
With a cry of rage, a flash of white teeth, and a bristle of short neck-hair, he sprang for the black.
Every cloud that is blowing up here--and they all make for the highest point--is bound to develop into a flash of lightning.
At length there came a flash so appallingly bright that in its glare Nature seemed to be standing still.
Here he came, like a house afire; I dodged: he passed like a flash, with my horse-hair coils settling around his neck; a second or so later, FST