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swot1

[swot]
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verb (used with object), swot·ted, swot·ting, noun
  1. swat1.
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Related formsswot·ter, noun

swot2

[swot]British Slang.
verb (used without object), swot·ted, swot·ting.
  1. to study or work hard.
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noun
  1. a student who studies assiduously, especially to the exclusion of other activities or interests; grind.
  2. hard study or hard work; concentrated effort.
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Origin of swot2

First recorded in 1840–50; dialectal variant of sweat

swat1

or swot

[swot]
verb (used with object), swat·ted, swat·ting.
  1. to hit; slap; smack.
  2. Baseball. to hit (a ball) powerfully, usually for a long distance.
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noun
  1. a smart blow; slap; smack.
  2. Baseball. a powerfully hit ball.
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Origin of swat1

First recorded in 1790–1800; orig. variant of squat
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  • He thought it "uncommonly hard" that he should have to spend the whole summer "swotting."

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    A. S. M. Hutchinson


British Dictionary definitions for swotting

Swat

noun
  1. a former princely state of NW India: passed to Pakistan in 1947
  2. a river in Pakistan, rising in the north and flowing south to the Kabul River north of Peshawar. Length: about 640 km (400 miles)
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SWAT

n acronym for
  1. Special Weapons and Tactics: a military-like unit within the US police force, trained to deal with specially dangerous situations, such as hostage-taking and riots
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SWOT

abbreviation for
  1. strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats: an analysis of a product made before it is marketed
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swat1

verb swats, swatting or swatted (tr)
  1. to strike or hit sharplyto swat a fly
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noun
  1. another word (esp Brit) for swatter (def. 1)
  2. a sharp or violent blow
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Also called: swot

Word Origin

C17: northern English dialect and US variant of squat

swat2

verb, noun swats, swatting or swatted
  1. a variant of swot 1
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swot1

verb swots, swotting or swotted
  1. (often foll by up) to study (a subject) intensively, as for an examination; cram
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noun
  1. Also called: swotter (ˈswɒtə) a person who works or studies hard
  2. hard work or grind
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Also called: swat

Word Origin

C19: dialect variant of sweat (n)

swot2

verb, noun swots, swotting or swotted
  1. a variant of swat 1
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Word Origin and History for swotting

swat

v.

1796, American English and northern England dialect word, possibly an alteration of Middle English swap "to strike, smite" (see swap), ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Swatted; swatting. The noun is recorded from 1800.

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