(intr, preposition) to promise to abstain from something: to swear off drink
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How to use swear off in a sentence
Wan week afther th' swear-off he came fr'm th' field with th' pipe in his face, an' him puffin' away like a chimney.Mr. Dooley: In the Hearts of His Countrymen | Finley Peter Dunne
Other Idioms and Phrases with swear off
Pledge to renounce or give up, as in I've sworn off cigarettes. This expression was first used for abjuring liquor in the first half of the 1800s but has since been broadened to just about anything.
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