One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British An alcoholic drink consumed swiftly.
- ‘David, Ian and I met in the Bar Code pub for a swifty and to check out the boys.’
- ‘However, for a civilised pre-club swiftie or two, this bar is well worth it.’
- ‘Luckily the bus takes me to the station so I may pop into the pub for a swifty before walking home to watch the match.’
- ‘Prior to the gig we met up in Comptons for a swifty with Paul but failed rather miserably to persuade him to join us.’
- ‘Three beers later and I'm wondering if Gehry himself popped in here for a swifty before drawing up his crazy plans for the Guggenheim.’
2Australian NZ A deceptive trick.‘they had hoped to pull a swifty’
- ‘After comparing the accounting organisation's data on income with published Bureau of Statistics household income data, I am satisfied that the accounting organisation are pulling a swifty.’
- ‘Last year German pulled a swifty by bringing Paul Vines into the grand final team for his first game of the year.’
- ‘Ben McDuff said Latham had deliciously wedged Howard on a security issue and ensured Howard can't pull a swiftie just before the election and welcome home our troops.’
- ‘Can I say in defence of the Commonwealth, we were never trying to pull swifties on judicial safeguards.’
- ‘I hope that the Minister has not pulled some sort of swifty on the select committee, because the select committee took a lot of time and trouble in endeavouring to get this bill right.’
3Australian NZ A person who acts or thinks quickly.‘boy, are you a swifty’
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