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swashbuckling

or swashbucklering

[swosh-buhk-ling, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk lɪŋ, ˈswɔʃ-/
adjective
1.
characteristic of or behaving in the manner of a swashbuckler.
noun
2.
the activities, deeds, or adventures of a swashbuckler.
Origin of swashbuckling
1685-1695
1685-95; swashbuckl(er) + -ing2, -ing1

swashbuckle

[swosh-buhk-uh l, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk əl, ˈswɔʃ-/
verb (used without object), swashbuckled, swashbuckling.
1.
to work, behave, or perform as a swashbuckler.
Origin
1895-1900; back formation from swashbuckler
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Examples from the Web for swashbuckling
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  • A nameless, homeless adventurer; a swashbuckling bully, reeking of blood and leather, and fit to drive such a pack as Fortemani's.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Think you it is only a war-worn, hard-drinking, swashbuckling ruffler that can sin?

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • There is a man who is certainly no swashbuckling novelist of the Wardour Street school.

  • He sought to make up in swashbuckling and boasting what he lacked in courage.

  • What Nietzsche has done here is, in his swashbuckling fashion, to cut under the abstract and final pretensions of creeds.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
British Dictionary definitions for swashbuckling

swashbuckling

/ˈswɒʃˌbʌklɪŋ/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
of or characteristic of a swashbuckler
2.
(esp of films in period costume) full of adventure and excitement
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Word Origin and History for swashbuckling
adj.

1690s, adjective formed from swashbuckler.

swashbuckle

v.

1897, back-formation from swashbuckling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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