- to thrash; punish.
Origin of swinge1
1250–1300; Middle English swengen to shake, smite, Old English swengan, causative of swingan to swing, or denominative derivative of Old English sweng a blow
- to singe.
Origin of swinge2
First recorded in 1580–90; obscurely akin to singe
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Examples from the Web for swinge
Wherby it appereth that some sort of youth will oft haue his swinge, although it be in a halter.Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine
- (tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish
Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing
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