One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boat-shaped swing with seats for several people at fairs.
- ‘It was where, as a teenager, he saw the fairground showmen set up camp with waltzers, dodgems and swingboats.’
- ‘As well as the mini swingboats and waltzers there is a distorting mirror, fairground organ and flats - the huge panels decorated with extravagant swirls at fairgrounds of the past.’
- ‘One day my son and eldest nephew persuaded me to go on the swingboat there’
- ‘Over 50 Showman's engines with their gleaming, twisted brass generate the light and power for the old roundabouts and swingboats to operate.’
- ‘Other activities favoured by the younger visitors to the park are the miniature railway, swingboats and playland outdoor play area.’
- ‘While modern rollercoasters and large swingboats may excite most of the terror on fairground rides, it is the humble roundabout that causes the most accidents.’
- ‘A swashbuckling ride in this exciting swingboat which reaches an angle of 60 degrees on either side!’
- ‘We also had face-painting, a barbecue, teacup and swingboat rides and a selection of giant inflatables.’
- ‘The promenade is two miles long and still has old favourites such as swingboats and crazy golf.’
- ‘There's also story-telling, kids' craft activities, a Victorian helter-skelter and swingboats, a beer tent and local produce, food and drink.’
- ‘Beyond the marquee were swingboats, bouncy castle, a ferris wheel, fatsuits for sumo-wrestling, and a candy-floss and popcorn van.’
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