1. [mid-16C+] to be executed by hanging.
2. [early 18C+] to execute by hanging.
3. [mid-19C+] (also swing it) to arrange, to achieve.
4. (US) vtr., to persuade.
5. [1900s] (US Und.) of a crime, to be remunerative.
6. [1920s+] to make a sneering remark.
7. [1930s+] (US) to act or live in a given manner.
8. in terms pertaining to sex.
(a) [1930s+] to enjoy an active and varied sex life, to have sexual intercourse (with); thus swinging n.
(b) [1940s+] (gay) to fellate.
(c) [1950s] (US) to work as a prostitute.
(d) to pimp out.
(e) [1960s] to carry on an affair with someone.
(f) [1960s] of a place, to be devoted to sex.
(g) [1970s+] to arrange and participate in husband-and-wife swapping parties; usu. as swinging n.2
9. in terms describing a positive experience.
(a) [1930s+] to enjoy oneself, to have a good time.
(b) [1950s] (US drugs) to experience the effects of a drug; thus swinging adj.
(c) [1950s+] (orig. gay) to achieve the supreme level of satisfaction or success; thus swinging adj.
(d) [1960s] of anything, to work out well, as planned.
(e) [1960s+] of a party, a club, a place of entertainment, to go well, to be enjoyable.
10. [1950s] (US teen, also swing it) to leave, to go.
11. in terms pertaining to crime.
(a) [1950s] (US Und.) of a pimp, to run a prostitute.
(b) [1950s–60s] (US drugs) to cheat.
(c) [1950s+] (US) to be a member of a teenage street gang; to fight as a member of a teenage street gang.
(d) [1960s] to involve oneself in corruption or illegality.
(e) [1960s–70s] (US black) to be dealing narcotics.
12. [2000s] (US) to give, to hand over, to pay.
13. see I’ll swing (for)...
14. see swing (with)
15. see swing both ways
16. see swing the lead
Pertaining to hanging
[1960s+] (US) the prison gallows.
[mid-19C+] a general threat.
[mid–16C-mid-19C] to be hanged.
Pertaining to deception
[20C+] (mainly Aus./N.Z.) to deceive, to impose on, to do a bad turn.
(Aus.) to prevaricate with, to refuse to commit.
[1950s–70s] (US) to steal.
Pertaining to sex
see under daddy n.
[1970s+] (orig. US) an orgy, esp. when the participants are husband-and-wife swapping couples.
[1960s+] to practise bisexuality.
[1990s+] (US black teen) to have oral sex.
[1970s] (US) to be a homosexual.
1. [1950s+] to associate with [may be SE swing, i.e. on buses or other public transport].
2. [1960s] to have a relationship with, to have sex with.
3. [1960s+] to ally oneself to a group, or individual, to agree with a concept.
4. [1960s+] to enjoy, to appreciate.
[1950s–60s] a drug dealer.
SE in slang uses
see separate entry.
[late 18C–early 19C] a hog.
1. [1930s] (Aus.) a to work as a bookmaker.
2. [1940s+] (Aus.) to work as a street-walker.
[1980s+] (orig. US) to visit.
to aim at/for.
[1960s] (US) to arrive.
[1940s] (US) overly anxious to please.
[mid-19C] robbery with violence.
1. see sense 3 above.
2. see sense 10 above.
3. see swing the lead
see under like sixty adv.
[1930s] the seventh drink of a session, supposedly the very last one has before leaving the pub.
1. (US black) to attach oneself; to enter a vehicle .
2. [late 19C; 1960s] in fig. use, to talk forcefully.
3. [1910s+] (US) to hit or punch.
4. [1960s] (Aus., also swing on to) to keep, to take.
see separate entry.
see under bag n.1
see sling the billy under sling v.
see under cuff n.2
[1990s+] (US black) to accept that much of life is a matter of luck and to live it accordingly.
[1910s+] (Aus.) to work hard, to do well, to win in a contest.
1. to malinger, to avoid one’s duties.
2. to brag, to boast.