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swinge

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[ swinj ]
/ swɪndʒ /
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verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing.British Dialect.

to thrash; punish.

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Origin of swinge

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1250–1300; Middle English swengen to shake, smite, Old English swengan, causative of swingan to swing, or denominative derivative of Old English sweng a blow
swing·er [swin-jer], /ˈswɪn dʒər/, noun

Definition for swinge (2 of 2)

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[ swinj ]
/ swɪndʒ /

verb (used with object), swinged, swinge·ing.

to singe.

Origin of swinge

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First recorded in 1580–90; obscurely akin to singe
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British Dictionary definitions for swinge

swinge
/ (swɪndʒ) /

verb swinges, swingeing, swinging or swinged

(tr) archaic to beat, flog, or punish
Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing
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