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Related to at one fell swoop: out of whack
tr.v. felled, fell·ing, fells
a. To cause to fall by striking; cut or knock down: fell a tree; fell an opponent in boxing.
b. To kill: was felled by an assassin's bullet.
2. To sew or finish (a seam) with the raw edges flattened, turned under, and stitched down.
1. The timber cut down in one season.
2. A felled seam.
[Middle English fellen, from Old English fellan, fyllan.]
1. Of an inhumanly cruel nature; fierce: fell hordes.
2. Capable of destroying; lethal: a fell blow.
3. Dire; sinister: by some fell chance.
4. Scots Sharp and biting.
at/in one fell swoop
All at once.
[Middle English fel, from Old French, variant of felon; see felon1.]
1. The hide of an animal; a pelt.
2. A thin membrane directly beneath the hide.
1. Chiefly British An upland stretch of open country; a moor.
2. A barren or stony hill.
[Middle English fel, from Old Norse fell, fjall, mountain, hill.]
Past tense of fall.
1. to cut or knock down: to fell a tree; to fell an opponent.
2. (Crafts) needlework to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
3. (Forestry) US and Canadian the timber felled in one season
4. (Knitting & Sewing) a seam finished by felling
[Old English fellan; related to Old Norse fella, Old High German fellen; see fall]
1. archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
2. archaic destructive or deadly: a fell disease.
3. one fell swoop a single hasty action or occurrence
[C13 fel, from Old French: cruel, from Medieval Latin fellō villain; see felon1]
the past tense of fall
(Tanning) an animal skin or hide
[Old English; related to Old High German fel skin, Old Norse berfjall bearskin, Latin pellis skin; see peel1]
(Physical Geography) (often plural)
a. a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
b. (in combination): fell-walking.
[C13: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock]
pt. of fall.
1. to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down; cause to fall: to fell a moose; to fell a tree.
2. (in sewing) to finish (a seam) by sewing the edge down flat.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English fellan, causative of feallan to fall; c. Gothic falljan]
1. fierce; cruel; dreadful; savage: a fell beast.
2. destructive; deadly: a fell blow; a fell disease.Idioms:
at or in one fell swoop, all at once or all together, as if by a single blow.
[1250–1300; Middle English fel < Old French. See felon1]
the skin or hide of an animal; pelt.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English]
Chiefly Scot. a highland plateau.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse]
Past participle: felled
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|Noun||1.||fell - the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)|
animal skin - the outer covering of an animal
cowhide - the hide of a cow
goatskin - the hide of a goat
rawhide - untanned hide especially of cattle; cut in strips it is used for whips and ropes
|2.||fell - seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges|
seam - joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
|3.||fell - the act of felling something (as a tree)|
|Verb||1.||fell - cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow; "strike down a tree"; "Lightning struck down the hikers"|
chop down - cut down; "George chopped down the cherry tree"
cut - fell by sawing; hew; "The Vietnamese cut a lot of timber while they occupied Cambodia"
cut - separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope"
|2.||fell - pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him"|
vaporize, vanish, fly - decrease rapidly and disappear; "the money vanished in las Vegas"; "all my stock assets have vaporized"
|3.||fell - sew a seam by folding the edges|
|Adj.||1.||fell - (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"|
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"
fell2 [fel] VT (with a blow) → derribar; [+ tree] → talar, cortar; [+ cattle] → acogotar
fell3 [fel] ADJ with one fell blow → con un golpe feroz
at one fell swoop → de un solo golpe
fell4 [fel] N (Brit) (= moorland) → páramo m, brezal m; (= hill) (usu pl) → colina f rocosa
fell5 [fel] N (= hide, pelt) → piel f
fell2 [fɛl] vt (with a blow, person) → atterrare; (tree) → abbattere
fell3 [fɛl] adj with one fell blow → con un colpo terribile
at one fell swoop → in un colpo solo
fell4 [fɛl] n (Brit) (mountain) → monte m; (uplands) the fells npl versante montuoso con scarsa vegetazione
fell-walking → passeggiate fpl in montagna
to cut or knock down to the ground. They are felling all the trees in this area. vel, afkap يَقْطَع повалям cortar/derrubar (po)kácet fällen fælde σωριάζω κάτω, κόβωtalar langetama بریدن؛ بر زمین انداختن kaataa abattre לִכרוֹת गिराना sjeći, oboriti ledönt menebang fella; höggva abbattere 切り倒す 베어 넘어뜨리다 kirsti, leisti cirst; gāzt (kokus) menebang omhakkenfelle, hogge ned powalać, wyrąbywać پری کول cortar/derrubar a doborî рубить (vy)rúbať, stínať podreti saseći fälla ทำให้ล้มลง; ทำให้ร่วงลงมา; โค่น kesmek, kesip devirmek 砍伐 звалити, зрубати کاٹ کر زمین پر گرا دینا đốn chặt (cây) 砍伐