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 — • at a blow • at a stroke • 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 closed.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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 blow — phrasal : suddenly : at one effort : by a single vigorous act * * * at a blow By a single action, suddenly • • • Main Entry: ↑blow …   Useful english dictionary

  • at a blow — Suddenly, all at once, by a single stroke, by one effort …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • at one blow — by a single stroke; in one operation the letter had destroyed his certainty at one blow …   Useful english dictionary

  • at\ a\ stroke — • at a blow • at a stroke • 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 closed.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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

  • strike a blow — verb affect adversely The court ruling struck a blow at the old segregation laws • Hypernyms: ↑affect, ↑impact, ↑bear upon, ↑bear on, ↑touch on, ↑touch • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

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