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sweeny

[swee-nee] /ˈswi ni/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
1.
atrophy of the shoulder muscles in horses.
Also, swinney.
Origin of sweeny
dialectal German
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; compare dialectal German Schweine, Pennsylvania German Schwinne atrophy, Old English swindan to pine away, disappear
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  • sweeny was an object of suspicion and dislike to the sergeant.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • sweeny, so his instinct told him, must be engaged in some kind of wrongdoing.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • "They'd never venture as far as Inishbawn in her," said sweeny.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • "Tell me this now," said sweeny, after a moment's consideration.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • "Will you shut that window and have done talking," said sweeny from the bed.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • Mrs. sweeny, though an oppressed woman, was not wanting in spirit.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • sweeny, roused to activity at last, flung off the bedclothes.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • Then he turned and followed the sergeant into sweeny's house.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • "You might call it sweeny's Hotel," suggested Ben, laughing.

    Ben, the Luggage Boy; Horatio Alger
  • sweeny served with him seven years ago, and he's laid up with rheumatism.

    A Soldier's Trial

    Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for sweeny

sweeny

/ˈswiːnɪ/
noun
1.
(vet science) a wasting of the shoulder muscles of a horse, esp as the result of a nerve injury
Word Origin
C19: probably from German dialect Schweine emaciation, atrophy
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