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swerve

[ swurv ]SEE DEFINITION OF swerve

Synonyms for swerve

  • deflect
  • lurch
  • skid
  • stray
  • veer
  • bend
  • depart
  • deviate
  • dip
  • diverge
  • err
  • incline
  • move
  • sheer
  • shift
  • sideslip
  • sidestep
  • skew
  • slue
  • swing
  • tack
  • turn
  • wander
  • waver
  • wind
  • depart from
  • get off course
  • go off course
  • sheer off
  • train off
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Antonyms for swerve

  • go direct
  • stay
  • remain
  • straighten
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SWERVE

In a swerve he almost stopped, every muscle of his big body trembling in affright.

It has fixed rules which are the props of order, and will not swerve or bend in extreme cases.

The Arcadians did not swerve: in compact order they waited impassively.

And even now it was held to be undignified to swerve from that doctrine.

He would not swerve from the line of duty which he had marked out.

Why should you struggle and get hurt, if you can lower your head and swerve, and not lose a feather?

He knew his duty, and did not swerve one hair from the line it prompted.

Her path had been taken, and nothing now could make her swerve from it.

Nothing could swerve him from honesty or the performance of his task.

Nature's laws are inflexible and swerve not for any human wish.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SWERVE

bend

verbform or cause a curve
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