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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SWAT

He professed to be a successor of the great Akhund of Swat, and to have inherited his powers.

It's like trying to swat a fly to come down on you at the right minute.

I have told you that an elephant can "swat" the flies with a bough which he holds in his trunk.

At school, he is a "smug" or a "swat," while the Red-blood is captain of the Eleven.

Let Swat bury the great AhkoondWith a noise of mourning and of lamentation!

Won't Taylor be mad when I tell him, for if there is one thing he hates it is swat!

It isn't everybody who has time to swat at learning parts for the Dramatic.

Swat, replied Budge, that being his gum version of Thats what.

To the motto "swat the fly" should be added, "remove their breeding places!"

"That—swat—I—meant," said Whistlebinkie, as plainly as he could.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SWAT

SWAT team

nounspecial weapons and tactics team
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