It moved past them at a walking pace, with an odd, irregular bob and swerve like a spinning top.
The greater the spin you can put on the ball, the more it will swerve.
But, really, the whole episode was a reminder of how reform can swerve when a government has its foot to the throttle.
The swerve may be more about the world of the humanists who discovered On the Nature of Things, rather than the poem itself.
Motorcycles roar and swerve around women who balance soaring bundles confidently on their heads.
Could the young but conceive a tithe of the misery I endured, they would never after swerve from the truth.
Come, Ahab's compliments to ye; come and see if ye can swerve me.
If during the three years of mourning he does not swerve from his father's principles, he may be pronounced a truly filial son.
But Clinch gave him no chance to close in: it was death even to swerve.
Never be tempted to swerve from its dictates, even in the most trivial degree.
early 13c., "to depart, make off;" early 14c., "to turn aside, deviate from a straight course," probably from Old English sweorfan "to rub, scour, file" (but sense development is difficult to trace), from Proto-Germanic *swerbanan (cf Old Norse sverfa "to scour, file," Old Saxon swebran "to wipe off"), from PIE root *swerbh-. Cognate words in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian swerva "to creep," Middle Dutch swerven "to rove, stray") suggests the sense of "go off, turn aside" may have existed in Old English, though unrecorded. Related: Swerved; swerving.
1741, from swerve (v.).