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 ?
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.
In five easy steps From Quick As Lightning to Night Of Thunder 1.
Rouse (right), remembered as much for his association with the likes of Lingfield specialist Al Amead as he is for his win in the 1,000 Guineas on Quick As Lightning and two wins in a week at Royal Ascot on Stanerra, was a regular in Hong Kong at one time and later returned to work with the local apprentices.