in the twinkling of an eye

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Circa 1598, William Shakespeare, "The Merchant Of Venice".

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  • From Middle English in the twynklyng of an iȝe, in þe twynklynk of an eiȝe, from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:52: We shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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in the twinkling of an eyeImmediately; instantaneously.
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