Not two minutes later, who should swoop down upon us but Frau von Waldfel.
This is the signal for a score of vultures to swoop down upon the body.
What if a howling storm should swoop down upon them, while they were away from the cabin and up here in this elevated eyrie?
The moment we are seen they will swoop down on us and attempt to cut us up.
That worthy had just forebodings of a danger which was about to swoop down upon one of his best customers.
Suppose we were to swoop down on them in our airplane, they might think, what then?
Cheered and emboldened by this thought, I swoop down like a sudden eagle to the rescue.
He would trust in his fortune, and swoop down upon the enemy.
Madam Johnsen stood there as though she would like to swoop down on their heads.
It may be the storm will swoop down on us before then, and force us to change our plans.
1560s, "to move or walk in a stately manner," apparently from a dialectal survival of Old English swapan "to sweep, brandish, dash," from Proto-Germanic *swaipanan, from PIE root *swei- "to swing, bend, to turn." Meaning "pounce upon with a sweeping movement" first recorded 1630s. Spelling with -oo- may have been influenced by Scottish and northern England dialectal soop "to sweep," from Old Norse sopa "to sweep." Related: Swooped; swooping.
1540s, from swoop (v.). Phrase one fell swoop is from Shakespeare.
Oh, Hell-Kite! All? What, All my pretty Chickens, and their Damme, At one fell swoope? ["Macbeth," IV.iii.219]