in the twinkling of an eye

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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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in the twinkling of an eye (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Immediately; instantaneously.
    • circa 1598, William Shakespeare, "The Merchant Of Venice":
      I'll take my leave of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye.
    • 2007 April 28, Hugh Muir, The Guardian:
      All my dreams for him have been cut short in the twinkling of an eye. Why was my son murdered?

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