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 for At a blow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blow \Blow\, n. [OE. blaw, blowe; cf. OHG. bliuwan, pliuwan, to
     beat, G. bl[aum]uen, Goth. bliggwan.]
     1. A forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument,
        as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword.
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              Well struck ! there was blow for blow. --Shak.
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     2. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
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              A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp]. --T.
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     3. The infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which
        produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss
        (esp. when sudden); a buffet.
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              A most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows.
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     At a blow, suddenly; at one effort; by a single vigorous
        act. "They lose a province at a blow." --Dryden.
     To come to blows, to engage in combat; to fight; -- said of
        individuals, armies, and nations.
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     Syn: Stroke; knock; shock; misfortune.
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