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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.
- (intransitive) to move swiftly, as if with a sweeping movement, especially to attack something
- The dog had enthusiastically swooped down on the bone.
- (transitive) To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing.
- A hawk swoops a chicken.
- (transitive) To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep.
- And now at last you came to swoop it all.
- The grazing ox which swoops it [the medicinal herb] in with the common grass.
- To pass with pomp; to sweep.
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to fly downwards suddenly
to move swiftly, as if with a sweeping movement
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swoop (plural swoops)
- 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
- 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
- One evening, when the Boy was going to bed, he couldn't find the china dog that always slept with him. Nana was in a hurry, and it was too much trouble to hunt for china dogs at bedtime, so she simply looked about her, and seeing that the toy cupboard door stood open, she made a swoop.
- 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
an instance, or the act of suddenly plunging downwards
an act of rushedly doing something
passing quickly form one note to the next