Idioms

Origin of swing

1
before 900; Middle English swingen (verb), Old English swingan; cognate with German schwingen
SYNONYMS FOR swing
Related formsswing·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

10. Swing, sway, oscillate, rock suggest a movement back and forth. Swing expresses the comparatively regular motion to and fro of a body supported from the end or ends, especially from above: A lamp swings from the ceiling. To sway is to swing gently and is used especially of fixed objects or of persons: Young oaks sway in the breeze. Oscillate refers to the smooth, regular, alternating movement of a body within certain limits between two fixed points. Rock indicates the slow and regular movement back and forth of a body, as on curved supports: A cradle rocks.
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British Dictionary definitions for swing vote

swing

/ (swɪŋ) /

verb swings, swinging or swung


noun

Word Origin for swing

Old English swingan; related to Old Frisian swinga, Old High German swingan
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Culture definitions for swing vote

swing

A kind of jazz generally played by a “Big Band” and characterized by a lively rhythm suitable for dancing. The bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller played swing.


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Idioms and Phrases with swing vote

swing

In addition to the idiom beginning with swing

  • swing into action

also see:

  • get into the swing of things
  • in full swing
  • not enough room to swing a car

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