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swerve

[swurv] /swɜrv/
verb (used without object), swerved, swerving.
1.
to turn aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight or direct course.
verb (used with object), swerved, swerving.
2.
to cause to turn aside:
Nothing could swerve him.
noun
3.
an act of swerving; turning aside.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English swerven (v.); Old English sweorfan to rub, file; cognate with Dutch zwerven to rove, Old High German swerban, Old Norse sverfa to file, Gothic afswairban to wipe off
Related forms
unswerved, adjective
unswerving, adjective
unswervingly, adverb
unswervingness, noun
Synonyms
1. See deviate.
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Examples for swerve
  • How to grip a two-seam fastball, or make a scuffed ball swerve and dive.
  • Committing yourself to one option in advance, such that the other party knows you probably won't swerve.
  • Altering the path of light, though, is a bit trickier than making a car swerve.
  • Books about escapism and gaming too often swerve into cautionary tale territory.
  • But a sudden swerve off a road thrust her car into a tree and her into a coma that never lifted over the next decade.
  • It was not a shot of any great velocity or cunning swerve.
  • Buses swerve in and out of traffic, creating hazards for other street users, including motorists.
  • Then, in the busy lanes on the far side, cars swerve and buses slam on their brakes as drivers curse and shake their fists.
  • At the last second, my driver would swerve back into the proper lane.
British Dictionary definitions for swerve

swerve

/swɜːv/
verb
1.
to turn or cause to turn aside, usually sharply or suddenly, from a course
2.
(transitive) to avoid (a person or event)
noun
3.
the act, instance, or degree of swerving
Derived Forms
swervable, adjective
swerver, noun
Word Origin
Old English sweorfan to scour; related to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Gothic afswairban to wipe off, Old Norse sverfa to file
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Word Origin and History for swerve
v.

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.

n.

1741, from swerve (v.).

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