One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the pigeons swooped down after the grain’
dive, descend, sweep, pounce, drop, plummet, plunge, pitch, nosedive
rush, dart, speed, zoom
2‘armed police swooped on a flat in east London’
pounce, make a raid
attack, assault, assail, charge
North American informal bust
1‘police arrested them in an early morning swoop’
raid, surprise search
North American informal bust, takedown
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