Definition of in the blink of an eye in English:

in the blink of an eye

(also in a blink)

phrase

  • Very quickly.

    ‘software that would do lots of boring calculations in the blink of an eye’
    • ‘Richard was a little shocked to see her go from shy and demure to forthright and direct in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘Dinner went by reasonably quickly, and in the blink of an eye, they were fast asleep, except for one.’
    • ‘He looks like a picture, frozen in time, one instant that happened in the blink of an eye, unnoticed and uncared for by the rest of the universe.’
    • ‘The ball began to grow and then, suddenly, in the blink of an eye, it disappeared.’
    • ‘He had come this close to death in the blink of an eye, and just as quickly it was taken away.’
    • ‘Human freedom has already vanished from his world, in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘The canoe slides into the water in the blink of an eye and before you can say Jack Robinson it's twenty yards off shore.’
    • ‘Remember, women's fashion trends come and go in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘At only 55 minutes, the album's twelve tracks go by in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘Without a care in the world, he has negotiated hairpin bends at gravity-defying angles and roared past rivals in the blink of an eye.’
    immediately, at once, straight away, right away, instantaneously, suddenly, abruptly, all of a sudden, on the instant, at a stroke, forthwith, then and there, there and then, here and now, that minute, this minute, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant