swear like a trooper

Freely utter profanity or obscenity, as in The teacher was shocked when she heard one of the fathers begin to swear like a trooper. The troopers in this term were the cavalry, who were singled out for their swearing from the early 1700s on.


Nearby words

  1. swear,
  2. swear at,
  3. swear by,
  4. swear in,
  5. swear jar,
  6. swear off,
  7. swear on a stack of bibles,
  8. swear out,
  9. swear to,
  10. swear word

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