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Definition of "swoop" [swoop]

  • To move in a sudden sweep: The bird swooped down on its prey. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a rush or an attack with or as if with a sudden sweeping movement. Often used with down: The children swooped down on the pile of presents. (verb-intransitive)
  • To seize or snatch in or as if in a sudden sweeping movement. (verb-transitive)
  • The act or an instance of swooping. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "swoop" in a sentence
  • "Bringing together employer and candidate in one fell swoop is pehaps a holy grail, and I’m afraid it will always be so – after all we are talking about people and personalities and god knows they clash much too often."
  • "MARTIN GONZALEZ, CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE: What we call what we call the swoop and squat."
  • "Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who is in charge of counter-terrorism policing nationally, said the swoop was a large-scale, pre-planned and intelligence-led operation involving several forces."