The greater the spin you can put on the ball, the more it will swerve.
But, really, the whole episode was a reminder of how reform can swerve when a government has its foot to the throttle.
The swerve may be more about the world of the humanists who discovered On the Nature of Things, rather than the poem itself.
It moved past them at a walking pace, with an odd, irregular bob and swerve like a spinning top.
Motorcycles roar and swerve around women who balance soaring bundles confidently on their heads.
Could the young but conceive a tithe of the misery I endured, they would never after swerve from the truth.
It has fixed rules which are the props of order, and will not swerve or bend in extreme cases.
If during the three years of mourning he does not swerve from his father's principles, he may be pronounced a truly filial son.
And even now it was held to be undignified to swerve from that doctrine.
Never be tempted to swerve from its dictates, even in the most trivial degree.
early 13c., "to depart, make off;" early 14c., "to turn aside, deviate from a straight course," probably from Old English sweorfan "to rub, scour, file" (but sense development is difficult to trace), from Proto-Germanic *swerbanan (cf Old Norse sverfa "to scour, file," Old Saxon swebran "to wipe off"), from PIE root *swerbh-. Cognate words in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian swerva "to creep," Middle Dutch swerven "to rove, stray") suggests the sense of "go off, turn aside" may have existed in Old English, though unrecorded. Related: Swerved; swerving.
1741, from swerve (v.).