But it was now or never; and just as they swang the yard, I cried out: "Take that!"
But it was now or never; and just as they swang the yard, I cried out, “Take that!”
This was accounted for by the fact that the light of swang was not half as intense as that of the outer sun in the tropics.
His brothers had long been awaiting him, and swang down gladly from their sleeping-bowers in the trees.
And therewithal he swang out a sword, and said: But if thou tell me who hath been here, here thou shalt die.
I swang the censer and drank deep of the incense fumes as I chanted in Syriac the service.
"I grabbed him round the middle, an' I swang him over my head, an' I sot him down so hard it jarred his ancestors," said he.
Old English swingan "to rush, fling oneself," from Proto-Germanic *swenganan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German swingan, Old Frisian swinga, German schwingen "to swing, swingle, oscillate") denoting "violent circulatory motion." The meaning "move freely back and forth" is first recorded 1540s. Related: Swung; swinging. Swing shift first recorded 1941, typically 4 p.m. to midnight.
late 14c., "a stroke with a weapon," from swing (v.). Sense of "an apparatus that swings" is first recorded 1680s. Meaning "shift of public opinion" is from 1899. The meaning "variety of big dance-band music with a swinging rhythm" is first recorded 1933, though the sense has been traced back to 1888; its heyday was from mid-30s to mid-40s. Phrase in full swing "in total effect or operation" (1560s) probably is from bell-ringing.