one fell swoop

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One stroke; one action or event with many results.

Etymology:

  • After Shakespeare, in Macbeth, act iv, scene 3, where Macduff learns his wife and entire family are murdered:
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Changing the oil lubricates the engine and removes debris in one fell swoop.

Submitted on September 25, 2011

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ஒரு மயக்கம் விழுந்தது

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