in the twinkling of an eye

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Immediately; instantaneously.

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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

Additional definitions for 'in the twinkling of an eye':

in the twinkling of an eyeCirca 1598, William Shakespeare, "The Merchant Of Venice".
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