|1.||slang property obtained by theft or other illicit means|
|2.||slang goods; valuables|
|3.||an ornamental festoon of fruit, flowers, or drapery or a representation of this|
|4.||a swaying movement; lurch|
|5.||dialect (Midland English) a depression filled with water, resulting from mining subsidence|
|6.||informal (Austral), (NZ) (formerly) a swagman's pack containing personal belongings|
|7.||informal (Austral), (NZ) go on the swag to become a tramp|
|8.||informal (Austral), (NZ) swags of lots of|
|—vb , swags, swagging, swagged|
|9.||chiefly (Brit) to lurch or sag or cause to lurch or sag|
|10.||(tr) to adorn or arrange with swags|
|11.||informal (Austral) (intr) to tramp about carrying a pack of personal belongings|
|[C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian svagga to |
in architecture and decoration, carved ornamental motif consisting of stylized flowers, fruit, foliage, and cloth, tied together with ribbons that sag in the middle and are attached at both ends. The distinction is sometimes made between a swag and a festoon by limiting the former to festoons entirely made up of folds of cloth.
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