in the twinkling of an eye

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From Middle English in the twynklyng of an iȝe, in þe twynklynk of an eiȝe, 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

  1. (idiomatic) Immediately; instantaneously.

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