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lightning stroke

noun
1.
a discharge of lightning between a cloud and the earth, esp one that causes damage
2.
(vet science) sudden death due to being struck by lightning, esp of cattle, horses or sheep
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  • It all came back to him with the clearness, with the quick cruelty of a lightning stroke.

    Pickett's Gap Homer Greene
  • Was he a man for a coup-de-foudre, the lightning stroke of love?

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • With a startled snarl he turned and struck upward with his armed paw, a lightning stroke, at the unseen assailant.

    The Kindred of the Wild Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Like a lightning stroke the news of their wedding had fallen on her.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • The thing that's happened—this lightning stroke—is far from simple.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • It prevented the lightning stroke, he said; that might be, but they did not see the prevention.

    Makers of Electricity Brother Potamian
  • She retained her consciousness, but she never knew by what lightning stroke she was set free.

  • They have suffered the lightning stroke of disaster or bereavement.

    The Whole Armour of God John Henry Jowett
  • A lightning stroke so near and sharp that I fancied I could hear the hiss was accompanied by a savage thunder-clap.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Suddenly he received a shock which seemed to him like a lightning stroke.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns

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