EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SWATCH
No mail but a swatch of ads drenched in the season's gladness, and the janitor would never provide a wastebasket in the entry.
This little bit of swatch, replied I, shewing him a paring of print not larger than two crown pieces.
It appeared to Archie that to swatch with the barrel man must be a highly diverting occupation.
When all is ready the bath is heated up, the swatch put in and the work of the test entered upon.
When all is ready, the bath is heated up, the swatch entered, and the work of the test entered upon.
Then he took a swatch of black velveteen from his pocket and arranged it over the sample-table with the two gems in its folds.
1510s, "the countercheck of a tally" (Northumberland dialect), later "a tally attached to cloth sent to be dyed" (1610s, in Yorkshire), of unknown origin. Meaning "a sample piece of cloth" is from 1640s.