blink of an eye

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blink of an eye a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat) "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
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Idioms

Blink of an eye - If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens so fast it is almost impossible to notice it.
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Usage

In literature:

And now he could face her without an eye-blink of conscious embarrassment.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
Then, in the blink of an eye, Arcot was floating in the air before him.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
Mine eyes blinked like those of an owl.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was standing quietly, eyes blinking sleepily, ears wriggling lazily, in an attitude of superior indifference toward all the world.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
He glared back at them for a moment and then as quick as the blink of an eye his big face broke out all smiles.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
His inflamed eyes, like two red slits blinking behind his round glasses, gave him an air of groping helplessness.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
She blinked her eyes uncertainly, as she looked at Mrs. Bindle, the embodiment of an outraged wife and a vengeful fury.
"Mrs. Bindle" by Hebert Jenkins
O'Byrn stumbled blindly out upon the street, blurred eyes blinking in dazzling sunshine of an ideal Indian summer afternoon.
"The Lash" by Olin L. Lyman
I looked with blinking eyes at the flame of a candle held an inch from my nose.
"Lawrence Clavering" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
I looked with blinking eyes at the flame of a candle held an inch from my nose.
"The Churches of Paris" by S. Sophia Beale
A score of shots roared in the blink of an eye.
"The Lone Ranger Rides" by Fran Striker
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In poetry:

The men aloft looked aft and saw,
(Where the sinister dorsal tacked and slid),
An eye that stared at our rolling hull
With never the blink of a lid.
"The Shark" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts

In news:

There is a thread that runs through every industry that can unravel the customer experience faster than the blink of an eye: waiting.
But developing a passion for it can happen in the blink of an eye.
Third-party logistics companies are ubiquitous, customers are fluid, and markets can shift in the blink of an eye.
JEFFERSON — Confidence in athletes comes and goes in the blink of an eye.
Injuries can rob an athlete of the ability to play the game they love, ending careers in the blink of an eye.
To the Editor, Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, life takes a sudden turn.
Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, life takes a sudden turn.
Twenty-seven-year-old Tyler Squire could crunch mathematical problems in the blink of an eye.
Did you know in less than the blink of an eye a single flea is actually capable of jumping more than an entire foot.
In the relatively short Central New York growing season, many of the best things come and go in the blink of an eye.
Start the playoffs with the acrobatic kid who covers both sides of the net in the wink of an eye but who has shown a tendency to blink in big spots of games.
We live in a moment when music has become an increasingly digital phenomenon, pitch-corrected and overdubbed deep inside a producer's computer, and then in the blink of an eye fired across the globe.
Life can change in the blink of an eye in the NBA Development League.
Most gun fights happen in the blink of an eye, and end just as quickly.
BELLEVILLE — It can happen in the blink of an eye.
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In science:

It is also important to note that for the one dimensional test code, a single V cycle is completed in a mere fraction of a second—what takes multigrid a mere blink of an eye takes traditional relaxation techniques minutes, if not hours, to accomplish.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
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