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swerve

[ swurv ]
/ swɜrv /
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verb (used without object), swerved, swerv·ing.

to turn aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight or direct course.

verb (used with object), swerved, swerv·ing.

to cause to turn aside: Nothing could swerve him.

noun

an act of swerving; turning aside.

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Origin of swerve

1175–1225; Middle English swerven (v.); Old English sweorfan to rub, file; cognate with Dutch zwerven to rove, Old High German swerban,Old Norse sverfa to file, Gothic afswairban to wipe off
1. See deviate.
un·swerved, adjectiveun·swerv·ing, adjectiveun·swerv·ing·ly, adverbun·swerv·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swerve

swerve
/ (swɜːv) /

verb

to turn or cause to turn aside, usually sharply or suddenly, from a course
(tr) to avoid (a person or event)

noun

the act, instance, or degree of swerving
swervable, adjectiveswerver, noun
Old English sweorfan to scour; related to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Gothic afswairban to wipe off, Old Norse sverfa to file
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