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swat1

[swot] /swɒt/
verb (used with object), swatted, swatting.
1.
to hit; slap; smack.
2.
Baseball. to hit (a ball) powerfully, usually for a long distance.
noun
3.
a smart blow; slap; smack.
4.
Baseball. a powerfully hit ball.
Also, swot.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; orig. variant of squat

swat2

[swot] /swɒt/
verb, Dialect
1.
simple past tense and past participle of sweat.

swat3

[swot] /swɒt/
verb (used without object), swatted, swatting, noun
1.
swot2 .

Swat

[swaht] /swɑt/
noun
1.
a former princely state in NW India: now a part of Pakistan.
2.
Also, Swati. a Muslim inhabitant of Swat.

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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Examples for swat
  • It collected microscopic particles with a gel-covered device resembling a tennis-racket sized fly-swat.
  • But not care enough, apparently, to get out of bed without a fire racing through my building or a swat team kicking down my door.
  • He immediately notified police, who moved in a swat team and lobbed tear gas into the houseboat.
  • We soon gave up trying to swat away the insects that buzzed incessantly around our sweaty faces.
  • They swat or bat their bills from side to side in order to stun their prey, feeding on the fish until they're all gone.
  • The charge of divisionism has been used to swat criticism.
  • The show of armour seems a sledgehammer to swat a fly.
  • Next, the swat team of photographers and the final photo shoot.
  • Oh, and foodie views are so monolithic that one clearheaded writer can neatly swat them all down in a single essay.
British Dictionary definitions for swat

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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for swat

swat

verb

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for swat

SWAT

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