To swoop is to move downward quickly and dramatically, like an eagle that swoops down to catch its prey.

A swoop is an impressive movement best demonstrated by a bird. If a bird is high in the air, then moves down quickly, making an arc or loop, that's an example of a swoop. People can also swoop — three muggers might swoop in on a victim, for example. The phrase "one fell swoop" means "all at once," and Shakespeare used it first, in "Macbeth:" "What, All my pretty Chickens, and their Dam, At one fell swoop?"

Definitions of swoop
  1. verb
    move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    move down on as if in an attack
    “The raptor swooped down on its prey”
    “The teacher swooped down upon the new students”
    synonyms: pounce
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    descend swiftly, as if on prey
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    come down, descend, fall, go down
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  3. verb
    seize or catch with a swooping motion
    synonyms: swoop up
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    type of:
    snap, snatch, snatch up
    to grasp hastily or eagerly
  4. noun
    a very rapid raid
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    foray, maraud, raid
    a sudden short attack
  5. noun
    a swift descent through the air
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    the act of changing your location in a downward direction
  6. noun
    (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
    synonyms: slide
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    a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
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