1. to drink up, to drink off.
|Elynour Rummynge line 568: Any wyth that she begynnes The pot to her plucke, And dranke a good lucke. She swynged up a quarte At ones for her parte.|
|Popish Kingdome IV 48: The meate deuour they up, That is before them set, and cleane they swinge of euery cup.|
|False Count IV i: Your Citizens Wives simper and sip, and will be drunk without doing Credit to the Treater; but in their Closets they swinge it away, whole Slashes i’faith.|
2. (also switch, switchel) to have sexual intercourse (with); thus switcheled adj.
|Beggar’s Bush III i: Give her cold jelly, / To take up her belly, / And once a day swinge her again.|
|Mock-Tempest II ii: Shrieks as of switcheld lass I heard.|
|Kind Keeper IV i: Here he comes that will swinge you all.|
|Leacherous Anabaptist in Williams Dict. Sexual Lang. (1994) III 1349: [He] Endeavour’d to Switchel her upon the Sabbath.|
|‘Assembly at Kensington’ Harleian Mss. 7315.267: At the Quality Bawdy house he meets his fullocks / Where he never fails to swinge her Buttocks.|
|Homer Travestie (2nd edn) I 106: Let a brave man switch her, Nor think that I can like a scrub That any lousy rogue can drub.|
|‘Apollo & Daphne’ in Capt. Morris’s Songs in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 224: Odsbobs, I must swinge thee my joy and my honey.|
a general intensifier, very large, very forceful, very powerful; 17C use often describing venereal disease.
|Lucky Chance III v: I shall recover swingeing damages with a City jury.|
|Female Wits II i: I’ll be hanged if it don’t bring a swingeing audience on the third day.|
|Journal to Stella 13 Nov. (2004) 238: I was sick on Sunday, and now have got a swingeing cold.|
|Devil to Pay I ii: I’ll bring up the rear with a swindging Turkey Pie.|
|Witchcraft of Love 59: A great swingeing Dog, as big as old Hobson’s Stonehorse, claps his two Paws on my Shoulders, and stares me in the Face.|
|John Bull in America 47: I paid my bill [...] in truth it was a most swingeing one.|
|Clockmaker I 37: A swingeing big Pig, that weighed some six or seven hundred weight.|
|Leeds Intelligencer 30 Dec. 8/3: [headline] More ‘Swingeing’ Rates in Leeds.|
|Two Years Ago I 194: I never told you of it, old pill and potion, for fear of a swingeing bill.|
|Dundee Courier 11 Feb. 2/2: If they give me swingeing damages, my Starr, won’t you be done!|
|F&H].Blacklog Studies 264: A placid, calm, swingeing cold night [|
|Staffs. Sentinel 24 Feb. 3/1: Ninety-seven is a good swingeing majority.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Jan. 5/4: It has been remarked that, with the death of Jeffrey […] the ‘swingeing’ criticisms which [...] were wont to gladden the hearts of our forefathers, gave way to the more ‘paternal’ style of reviewing.|
|Leeds Times 22 Jan. 7/6: A swingeing bill for dinner.|
|Gloucester Citizen 14 Aug. 4/4: A swingeing tax might be relied on to do the rest — or fill the exchequer.|
|Reach 18: It is hard to express here the swingeing contempt I felt for them.|
|Guardian 4 May 34: The penalties for [...] involvement in drugs are swingeing.|
a sexual athlete.
|Burlesque 83: Is the old Letcher still so tough, A Swinge-bow of so high renown, A Wench can’t sooner take him down?|
suffering from venereal disease.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: He is Swing’d off, damnably Clapt.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
to toss down a drink.
|Popish Kingdome IV 48: And cleane they swinge of euery cup .|
|Wanderings to see Wonders of West 7: Mine Host swing’d off halfe a pot to me.|
see trim someone’s jacket under trim v.