At a blow
Blow Blow, n. [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to beat, G. bl["a]uen, Goth. bliggwan.] 1. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword. [1913 Webster]

Well struck ! there was blow for blow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault. [1913 Webster]

A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp]. --T. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

3. The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss (esp. when sudden); a buffet. [1913 Webster]

A most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{At a blow}, suddenly; at one effort; by a single vigorous act. ``They lose a province at a blow.'' --Dryden.

{To come to blows}, to engage in combat; to fight; -- said of individuals, armies, and nations. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Stroke; knock; shock; misfortune. [1913 Webster]


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  • at a blow — or[at a stroke] or[at one stroke] {adv. phr.} Immediately; suddenly; with one quick or forceful action. * /The pirates captured the ship and captured a ton of gold at a blow./ * /A thousand men lost their jobs at a stroke when the factory… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at a blow — or[at a stroke] or[at one stroke] {adv. phr.} Immediately; suddenly; with one quick or forceful action. * /The pirates captured the ship and captured a ton of gold at a blow./ * /A thousand men lost their jobs at a stroke when the factory… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at a stroke — See: AT A BLOW or AT A STROKE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at a stroke — See: AT A BLOW or AT A STROKE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Blow — Blow, n. [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to beat, G. bl[ a]uen, Goth. bliggwan.] 1. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword. [1913 Webster] Well struck ! there was blow for blow …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A — ([.a] emph. [=a]). 1. [Shortened form of an. AS. [=a]n one. See {One}.] An adjective, commonly called the indefinite article, and signifying one or any, but less emphatically. At a birth ; In a word ; At a blow . Shak. Note: It is placed before… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blow — See: AT A BLOW, BODY BLOW, COME TO BLOWS, IT S AN ILL WIND THAT BLOWS NOBODY GOOD, WAY THE WIND BLOWS or HOW THE WIND BLOWS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blow — See: AT A BLOW, BODY BLOW, COME TO BLOWS, IT S AN ILL WIND THAT BLOWS NOBODY GOOD, WAY THE WIND BLOWS or HOW THE WIND BLOWS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at one stroke — See: AT A BLOW or AT ONE STROKE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at one stroke — See: AT A BLOW or AT ONE STROKE …   Dictionary of American idioms

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