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in the blink of an eye

in the blink of an eye

Date: Aug 23 2012


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“When I was in love, I fell so hard. And in the blink of an eye, my whole life changed. I’m afraid of feeling that again.”

- Singer Rihanna on her fears about dating. (Us Weekly)


- 歌手蕾安娜 (Rihanna) 谈到对约会的担忧。


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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suddenly, very quickly

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Blink your eyes. How long did that take? Blinking happens very fast, in less than a second. It happens so fast, we often don’t even realize we’ve blinked!

That’s why when you say that something happened in the blink of an eye, it means that something happened very quickly, or suddenly.

Rihanna says that her life changed in the blink of an eye. She was deeply in love, and then her relationship fell apart very dramatically. Her love went away in the blink of an eye.

When something happens in the blink of an eye, it can be either positive or negative. For instance, if you win the lottery, you will become rich in the blink of the eye. Rihanna says she is afraid of dating again. But who knows, maybe she will change her mind in the blink of an eye.

Has your life ever changed in the blink of an eye? What happened?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“The accident happened in the blink of an eye.”

“I was single for a long time, and then in the blink of an eye I suddenly had a girlfriend.”

“Even though it really took four years, it seems like college passed in the blink of an eye.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

steffie001 in a sudden moment
by steffie001
TITO007 close your eyes, you open them what feels like a millisecond later
by TITO007
Plx suddenly, abruptly
by Plx
 julito In one second. The room was dark so I switched on the light bulb and in the blink of an eye the room was full of light again.
by julito
Manu4 Suddenly, right off the bat.
by Manu4
petarian it means it happens immediately
by petarian
cubi1604 Happening very fast
by cubi1604
Something that happens very rapidly.
by candycandice
Ahshan in a short time ,quickly.
by Ahshan
a2020 it means immediately,not very long.on the spot
by a2020
In a very short period of time, like when you blink your eye.
by PhilologistAUL

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

a few days ago lots of my compatriots lose their home and dears in a terrible earthquake in the blink of an eye Cry

i hope you good events to happen in the blink of an eye all the times not bad events.

Irene Forever


When I saw him for the first time, I fell in love in the blink of an eye, but it was impossible to stop loving him in the same way.

Majid Zarif

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

when I was studying in secondery school, my average every semester was decreasing. in one year before finishing this level I saw my develope in my log and I made endevour for that term,in blink of an eye I changed and I believe that I can be top student If I want .I don’t have any thing less than top students.

05:53 AM Aug 23 2012 |



By the end of a year I always think that it passed like in the blink of an eye. 

04:53 AM Aug 23 2012 |




When i was only 11 years old,my mother committed a suicide after being beaten by my bad-tempered father, my life changed thoroughly in the blink of an eye.I lost my beloved mom forever,and my life has been so miserable ever since.In the blink of an eye,11 years has passed,i’ve grown into a tough woman with quite strong will.

rabindra shrestha


Wink....when my father was dead  i was really in the blink an eyes.

04:16 AM Aug 23 2012 |

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Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

nothing so far happened to me in the blink of an eye but i do like the subject.

02:40 AM Aug 23 2012 |



Viet Nam

“in the blink of an eye” – People always have 2 eyes,  why don’t we use “in the blink of someone’s eyes” ? But just an eye.

My childhood has gone in the blink of an eye, and in the blink of another eye ?

OK, I just fool around.Laughing

02:34 AM Aug 23 2012 |




Many things happen in the blink of an eye,and we can not control and hv no any idea for them.but whether it is good or bad,we should hv a strong heart to face it.

02:09 AM Aug 23 2012 |




It was a good day and i was enjoying barbecue with my family. When the fire burned my hair, it was really in an blink of an eye! The screaming Mixed with shouting was from my mom, and i was jumping. 

01:46 AM Aug 23 2012 |

Nicte ha

Nicte ha


It takes a long time to become trustable, but u can lose everything blink of an eye.

12:49 AM Aug 23 2012 |




I got into a car accident in a blink of an eye. Don’t know how it happened, just was going to change lanes and it happened. It was a big shock, a big impact, lots of damage and it happened just so fast. It was long time ago, but the emotions and shock you went through is unforgettable. That was literal “the blink of an eye”

Sometimes sitting at the computer and chatting with someone goes like in a blink of an eye. You think it’s 15 min, but than, oops – no way, it’s total 2 hours :)

Once I lost $20 bill standing in line in a bank. Was searching it in my wallet and then noticed it was on the floor. The person, who was standing besides me, have noticed I was watching at the $20 bill on the floor. In a blink of an eye, he picked my $20 up and put it in his pocket :)

When you have a good idea forming in your head. If you don’t put it into practice, in a blink of an eye, you see the other people will come up with the same idea. People are different but at the same time they’re the same. So, it’s better to hurry up in this case.

Kids grow up in a blink of an eye. :(

The time at home after work goes by in a blink of an eye :)


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