Definition of at a (or one) stroke in English:

at a (or one) stroke

phrase

  • By a single action having immediate effect.

    ‘attitudes cannot be changed at a stroke’
    • ‘This more than doubled Artemis's size at a stroke, as well as giving it a much stronger marketing platform on which to build.’
    • ‘Towns don't often get the opportunity to double its centre at a stroke.’
    • ‘It was, in truth, a compromise, and the working arrangement suddenly threatens to come crashing down at a stroke.’
    • ‘That would do it, world peace at one stroke of the cheque book.’
    • ‘Local residents have been stunned by the plans, which would double the size of the local population at a stroke.’
    • ‘The interlinking of rivers in the country can also solve the multiple problem of drought and unavailability of water at one stroke.’
    • ‘We can restore parental choice at one stroke of the minister's pen.’
    • ‘And he is probably calculating his salary will double or treble at a stroke.’
    • ‘Why not get rid of the agricultural protection at one stroke?’
    • ‘That suffering could be alleviated at one stroke by lifting the sanctions.’
    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
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