Definition of swear off in English:

swear off

phrasal verb

  • Promise to abstain from.

    ‘I'd sworn off alcohol’
    • ‘Then you said you could pay for the electric bill by swearing off fancy-pants coffee every other weekend.’
    • ‘Maybe later I'll be hurt and I'll bawl my eyes out and I'll rant and rage against men and swear off them again and decide again on lesbianism or something other half-hearted swearing, like celibacy.’
    • ‘You swore off colas when newspapers said they contained pesticides.’
    • ‘If anyone's having a two-martini lunch in Baltimore, they'll swear off after this.’
    • ‘Later when he swore off smoking, he took up whittling wood.’
    • ‘Then, they are going to declare in front of total strangers that they will swear off all forms of sex until they are married.’
    • ‘This year I swore off booze, vowing to drink casually and infrequently.’
    • ‘To be part of the movement it was sufficient to swear off reproducing any more children.’
    • ‘Remember using it once, getting that job without air conditioning, licking envelopes in Grimsby, then swearing off co-op entirely and stashing it in the very back of the back of your closet?’
    • ‘I swore off it back then, and indulged in various other people, while looking over my shoulder for a while.’
    • ‘Interestingly, they don't swear off drugs despite those claiming more rock deaths than helicopters - in fact, we can't actually think of any rock star who died in a chopper crash at all.’
    • ‘So far, swearing off boys seems to be paying off.’
    • ‘A drunken farm worker sells his wife and daughter to a sailor, then sobers up, swears off the booze and slowly builds a respectable life, rising to become mayor.’
    • ‘He did all the right things by financial markets - swore off acquisitions, started paying dividends.’
    • ‘As much as I crave the mini doughnuts, the horrible crowds in front of the juicer demonstration and the pure animal magnetism of the carnies, I'm swearing off it all.’
    • ‘With her as my first girlfriend, you should be glad I never swore off women altogether.’
    • ‘If the popular kids are publicly swearing off sex, there's an absence of social norms for condom use.’
    • ‘You will probably swear off drinking for the rest of your life and promise your first-born if you could just feel better.’
    • ‘Similarly, in 1996 post-apartheid South Africa agreed to swear off the use of DDT in favour of insecticides that environmental groups claimed were more benign.’
    • ‘Teetering on heels on a wintry night in Glasgow has Kathleen Morgan swearing off girlie sophistication forever’
    renounce, forswear, forgo, abjure, abstain from, go without, shun, avoid, eschew, steer clear of, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with
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