1. uninhibited, lively, fashionable; esp. in phrs. swinging London, swinging ’60s.
|‘Good-Doing Wheeler’ in Life (1976) 75: Since he’d been gone she’d come on strong / And was one of the swingingest broads on the set.et al.|
|Weekend Tel. 16 Apr. 12/2: Diana Vreeland [...] editor of Vogue [...] has said simply ‘London is the most swinging city in the world at the moment’.|
|Burden of Proof 18: Swinging London and all that scene?|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 13: They tell me there’s some hash floating around in the real swinging places.|
|Leonardo and Others 56: Zuleika lived life to the full. She was a product of the swinging sixties. So what? So was I.|
|Muscle for the Wing 10: The swinging side of the St Bruno night world had been run as smoothly and nearly as openly as a pizza franchise.|
|Observer Screen 4 July 6: Cage, a responsible single parent, saves swinging bachelor Smith’s life in the line of duty.|
2. a general term of approval.
|Tambourines to Glory I vi: I had such a swinging little helper.|
|West Side Story I i: When you’re a Jet, / You’re the swingin’est thing. / Little boy, you’re a man; / Little man, you’re a king!|
|PADS XXX 47: Swingin’, the highest term of approval. May be applied to anything a jazzman likes, or any person.|
|(con. 1950s) Man Walking On Eggshells 189: ‘You dig that?’ ‘Yeh, man, that’s swinging.’.|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 139 That’s swinging, brother.|
|Grease 118: It’s cool, Kenick. It’s swinging.|
3. pertaining to drug use and culture.
|Vice Trap 74: He was a swinging doctor, himself; you know he became a connection later?|
4. aware, ‘on the ball’.
|in Sweet Daddy 37: I’m all clued in. In here [i.e. prison] I’m swinging already. [...] Swinging, swinging. Making it go – working it – getting it.|
SE in slang uses
1. a person; usu. in phr. every swinging dick; thus phr. swing a big dick, to be influential.
|[||Sodom 1st Prologue: Damn’d feeble Pricks [...] We’re for the more substanial sollid Joies / of a brave Romantick swinging Prick / That’s twice five inches long].(attrib.)|
|[||(con. WWII) And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 12: All right! Every living ass ... Every living ass with a swinging dick [...] release that bed! [Ibid.] 302: A panorama of backsides [...] Flat round, fat, skinny, white, black, pink, brown. Every living with a swinging].|
|Cool Hand Luke (1967) 71: Ah’ll bet any swinging dick anything he wants to bet.|
|My Life as a Man (1974) 19: I guaranfuckingtee you gentlemen, not one swingin’ dick will be leavin’ this fiddlefuckin’ area to so much as chew on a nanny goat’s tittie.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 23: The whole company, except for this one cat, caught some mean kind of shit and every swinging dick but him bought the motherfucker.|
|(con. 1968) Reckoning for Kings (1989) 203: Every single swinging Richard in the room was print. Not a TV news dolt in sight.|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 33: The city pays them for every swinging dick that comes through the door.|
|Guardian Unlimited 12 Oct. [Internet] Almost every soldier [...] was in battle against the Taliban. One said: ‘They just used every swinging dick, as they say in the army.’.|
|Sucked In 13: Quinlan had swung a very big dick in [...] Labor’s Victorian machine.|
|What It Was 77: Another failed swinging dick from the neghborhood.(con. 1972)|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 237: [He] is variously described as a ‘hard arse’, ‘big swinging dick’ and ‘macho bully’.|
2. an aggressive person.
|Going After Cacciato (1980) 254: You a swingin’ dick, Berlin? [...] You got guts?|
|Big Ask 147: Spider acted like a big swinging dick at school.|