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SWAT

[swot] /swɒt/
noun
1.
a special section of some law enforcement agencies trained and equipped to deal with especially dangerous or violent situations, as when hostages are being held (often used attributively):
a SWAT team.
Also, S.W.A.T.
Origin
S(pecial) W(eapons) a(nd) T(actics)
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British Dictionary definitions for s. w. a. t

swat1

/swɒt/
verb (transitive) swats, swatting, swatted
1.
to strike or hit sharply: to swat a fly
noun
2.
another word (esp Brit) for swatter (sense 1)
3.
a sharp or violent blow
Also called swot
Word Origin
C17: northern English dialect and US variant of squat

swat2

/swɒt/
verb, noun swats, swatting, swatted
1.
a variant of swot1

Swat

/swɒt/
noun
1.
a former princely state of NW India: passed to Pakistan in 1947
2.
a river in Pakistan, rising in the north and flowing south to the Kabul River north of Peshawar. Length: about 640 km (400 miles)

SWAT

/swɒt/
noun acronym
1.
Special Weapons and Tactics: a military-like unit within the US police force, trained to deal with specially dangerous situations, such as hostage-taking and riots
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Word Origin and History for s. w. a. t

swat

v.

1796, American English and northern England dialect word, possibly an alteration of Middle English swap "to strike, smite" (see swap), ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Swatted; swatting. The noun is recorded from 1800.

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Slang definitions & phrases for s. w. a. t

swat

verb

To strike; hit: He spoke up and got swatted for it (1796+)


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Related Abbreviations for s. w. a. t

SWAT

  1. special weapons and tactics
  2. special weapons attack team
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