One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Strike hard; beat.‘did she not swinge the dragon of ripsnorting inflation?’strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's earsView synonyms
Old English swengan ‘shake, shatter, move violently’, of Germanic origin.
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