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noun 
  1. (archaic) A swinging blow.
verb (swinge, ed)
  1. (obsolete) To singe.
  2. (archaic) To lash.
  3. (archaic) To strike hard.
    • Aphra Behn (1640-89) The Feigned Courtesans. This edition: (The plays of) Aphra Behn. Oxford University press 2000. p.233. ISBN 0192834517
    • :Sir Feeble: Tis jelousy, the old worm that bites. To Sir Cautious Whom is it that you suspect.
    • :Sir Cautious: Alas I know not whom to suspect, I would I did; but if you discover him, I would him.
adjective 
  1. Forcible, huge, daunting (of taxation, job-cuts, damages etc)
Etymology: From swengan: to shatter to swenge


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