Swoop meaning

swo͝op
To move in a sudden sweep.

The bird swooped down on its prey.

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To swoop is to move or arc downward through the air rapidly, or to come in quickly and seize something, or to carry out an unexpected attack.

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.

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To seize or snatch in a sudden sweeping movement.
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To pass with pomp; to sweep.

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(music) Passing quickly from one note to the next.
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To snatch or seize suddenly, with a sweeping movement.
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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.

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The act or an instance of swooping.
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To descend suddenly and swiftly, as a bird in hunting; pounce or sweep (down or upon)
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The act of swooping or pouncing; sudden, violent descent.
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(intransitive) To move swiftly, as if with a sweeping movement, especially to attack something.

The dog had enthusiastically swooped down on the bone.

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To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing.

A hawk swoops a chicken.

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To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep.
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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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 swāpan (“to sweep").

    From Wiktionary