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Life is short and time is swift.

Prov. You should enjoy life as much as possible, because it does not last very long. Jill: Want to go to the movies with me? Jane: Oh, I don't know; I should probably stay at work and finish a few things. Jill: Come on, Jane, life is short and time is swift.
See also: and, life, short, swift, time

*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

swift and sure

fast and certain. (As with the flight of a well-aimed arrow.) The response of the governor to the criticism by the opposing party was swift and sure. The boxer's punch was swift and sure and resulted in a quick knockout and a very short match.
See also: and, sure, swift

*swift as an arrow

 and *swift as the wind; *swift as thought
very fast. (*Also: as ~.) The new intercity train is swift as an arrow. You won't have to wait for me long; I'll be there, swift as thought.
See also: arrow, swift

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


1. mod. smart and clever. Excuse my brother. He’s not too swift.
2. mod. sexually fast or easy, usually said of a woman. Britney is swift, they say, but I find her to be a perfect lady.
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I have great faith that an Iraq governed by Iraqis at the earliest date is the swiftest way to achieve and consolidate stability for the Iraqi people.
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Lunchtime turned from an hour of eating--and allowing calories to add to waistlines--into a contest of the swiftest to see who could race to the farthest tree on our grounds and back, all for the honor of winning a new pair of Adidas running sneakers.
About this Point a fiery circle whirled, With such rapidity it had outraced The swiftest spheres revolving round the world.
Despite its penmanship problem, the electronic pen industry has not given up: It's working on the theory that the race is not to the swiftest but to the most persistent.
In today's world class competition, customers are standing at the finish line waiting for the swiftest of foot.
The court conducted the swiftest trial in Pakistan's history at Kot Lakhpat Jail and concluded proceedings within a week.
The station will also be equipped with the very latest equipment to make for the swiftest possible response and detection of crime.
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In what could be the swiftest decision by any commissioner, Narvasa handed out the ban even before the game's outcome was decided, with media bureau head Willie Marcial issuing a statement to media.
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Containing 30 fours and a national record 11 sixes, it was the second fastest Test hundred in history and the swiftest 250.