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American English: /swup/
British English: /swuːp/

Translation of swoop in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • (aircraft)
    descender or bajar en picada or (Spain) en picado
    (bird of prey)
    llevar a cabo una redada
    the eagle was waiting to swoop
    el águila acechaba para abatirse sobre su presa
    the police swooped on the illegal laboratory
    la policía llevó a cabo una redada en el laboratorio ilegal
    the hills swoop down dramatically to the sea
    las colinas caen abruptamente al mar
    Example sentences
    • The small bird swooped down and landed by the girls hand.
    • A fresh winter wind whips past and the occasional bird swoops through a brilliant blue sky.
    • The sight is dramatic as the bird swoops on its prey and lifts it clear of the water in its claws.
    Example sentences
    • This morning's events followed three arrests after police swooped on homes across the district in a series of raids yesterday.
    • A 22-year-old man has been arrested after police swooped on the four-bedroom home in Woodward Heights, Grays.
    • Five people were arrested today when police swooped on a house on a York estate as part of a clampdown on crime in the area.


  • (of bird, aircraft)
    descenso (masculine) en picada or (Spain) en picado
    (by police) redada (feminine)
    in o at one fell swoop
    de una sola vez
    de un tirón [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • But he ruled out a swoop for even more shares in the company, saying ‘We have no plans to further increase the level of this investment.’
    • He has contacts within the flashy high-speed world of Formula One and some of the men involved in his financial swoop for City are believed to be from the Grand Prix circuit.
    • There is still scope to sign players on frees, though, and Hughes is open to the idea of making a swoop for someone like Cole, providing it's financially viable.
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