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swingeing

[swin-jing] /ˈswɪn dʒɪŋ/
adjective, Chiefly British
1.
enormous; thumping.
2.
Slang. swinging (def 3).
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; swinge1 + -ing2
Related forms
swingeingly, adverb

swinge1

[swinj] /swɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), swinged, swingeing. British Dialect
1.
to thrash; punish.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English swengen to shake, smite, Old English swengan, causative of swingan to swing, or denominative derivative of Old English sweng a blow
Related forms
swinger
[swin-jer] /ˈswɪn dʒər/ (Show IPA),
noun

swinge2

[swinj] /swɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), swinged, swingeing.
1.
to singe.
Origin
1580-90; obscurely akin to singe
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Examples for swingeing
  • The sword ban is less swingeing, since exceptions will be made for martial-arts clubs and collectors.
  • If the cuts are swingeing, then the prize for inventors everywhere will be reduced.
  • Despite headlines of swingeing salary cuts, too little has happened.
British Dictionary definitions for swingeing

swingeing

/ˈswɪndʒɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(mainly Brit) punishing; severe

swinge

/swɪndʒ/
verb swinges, swingeing, swinging, swinged
1.
(transitive) (archaic) to beat, flog, or punish
Word Origin
Old English swengan; related to Old Frisian swenga to drench, Gothic afswaggwjan to cause to sway; see swing
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