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What does 'on swift wing' mean?

Posted by Word Camel on November 14, 2003

In Reply to: What does 'on swift wing' mean? posted by sphinx on November 14, 2003

: It's said that the words engraved on King Tut' tomb is translated as 'Death shall come on swift wings to hime who disturbs the peace of the king.'

: Is 'on swift wing' a fiexed collocation? List some other examples?

: Thanks a lot!

"On swift wings" means it (death) will come fast. It implies that death is like a bird flying swiftly.