The bird swooped down on its prey.
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.
The children swooped down on the pile of presents.
The dog had enthusiastically swooped down on the bone.
A hawk swoops a chicken.
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. - Sun Tzu.
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.
Origin of swoop
- Middle English swopen to sweep along from Old English swāpan to sweep, swing
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English swopen, from Old English swÄpan (“to sweep").