Origin of swoopMiddle English swopen from Old English swapan, to sweep along, rush, akin to German schweifen, Old Norse sveipa: see swift
- When a bird arcs quickly down from the sky to catch a worm, the downward motion the bird does is an example of a time when the bird swoops.
- When you burst into a room to arrest a drug dealer, this is an example of a time when you swoop into the room.
verbswooped, swoop·ing, swoops
- To move in a sudden sweep: The bird swooped down on its prey.
- To make a rush or an attack with a sudden sweeping movement. Often used with down : The children swooped down on the pile of presents.
Origin of swoopMiddle English swopen to sweep along from Old English swāpan to sweep, swing
(third-person singular simple present swoops, present participle swooping, simple past and past participle swooped) (intransitive)
- (intransitive) to fly or glide downwards suddenly; to plunge (in the air) or nosedive
- The lone eagle swooped down into the lake, snatching its prey, a small fish.
- (intransitive) to move swiftly, as if with a sweeping movement, especially to attack something
- The dog had enthusiastically swooped down on the bone.
- To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing.
- A hawk swoops a chicken.
- To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep.
- To pass with pomp; to sweep.
- an instance, or the act of suddenly plunging downward
- The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. - Sun Tzu
- an act of rushedly doing something
- Fortune's a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop. - John Webster
- (music) passing quickly from one note to the next
From Middle English swopen, from Old English swÄpan (“to sweep").
- If she knew where he kept it, she could swoop in and snatch it.
- Instead, it involves parents who seem to "whir" over their children's lives from infancy to adulthood, ready to "swoop" in and save them at a moment's notice.
- They have stripes, polka dots, flowers and lace and free shipping for orders over $50, so you can buy a drawer-full of drawers in one fell swoop.
- With the threat of Harry being expelled from Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore and his followers, the Order of the Phoenix, swoop in to help.
- If you want to eliminate credit card debt, you have two basic options: pay down your balances little by little or get a debt consolidation loan to eliminate your debt in one fail swoop.