before (one) can blink

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before (one) can blink

Very quickly or suddenly. I'm not far from your house, so I'll be there before you can blink. Before I could blink, a deer darted out in front of my car, and I had to slam on my brakes.
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"But this time Harvey, who had never halted even slightly, ghosted through a mesmerised Ipswich defence and his left foot shot was in the net before one could blink an eyelid.