A man could swingle forty pounds of flax a day, but it was hard work.
Two stout sticks, the handstaff and the swingle, attached to each other by a strong band of gut, constitute its simple mechanism.
Dey had a stick called a swingle stick, made kinder like a sword.
Twelve “swingle trees” (whippletree, whiffletree, singletree) are listed in the inventory.
To keep the latter in check, Captain swingle and his howitzers were employed night and day.
Fire Chief swingle sent notice to the managers that all aisles must be kept cleared.
Mr. Kearney ought to be here tonight and Mr. swingle and Dr. Rixford.
"instrument for beating flax," early 14c., from Middle Dutch swinghel "swingle for flax," cognate with Old English swingel "beating, stick to beat," from swingan "to beat, strike, whip" (see swing (v.)) + instrumental suffix -le. Or perhaps directly from the Old English word, with narrowing of sense.