- atrophy of the shoulder muscles in horses.
Origin of sweeny
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.
Sweeny, so his instinct told him, must be engaged in some kind of wrongdoing.
"They'd never venture as far as Inishbawn in her," said Sweeny.
"Tell me this now," said Sweeny, after a moment's consideration.
Then he turned and followed the sergeant into Sweeny's house.
- vet science a wasting of the shoulder muscles of a horse, esp as the result of a nerve injury
C19: probably from German dialect Schweine emaciation, atrophy
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