in the twinkling of an eye

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in the twinkling of an eye

In an instant, as in The breakup of Yugoslavia created many warring nations in the twinkling of an eye. This hyperbolic expression, which alludes to the very brief time it takes for an eye to blink, is heard less often today. [c. 1300]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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