Definition of swingeing in English:

swingeing

adjective

British
  • Severe or extreme in size, amount, or effect.

    ‘swingeing cuts in public expenditure’
    • ‘They say this would leave York residents faced with either swingeing service cuts, meaning departments like education and social care could suffer badly.’
    • ‘But, with a £20 million debt and £25,000 a week being haemorrhaged, despite swingeing player and staff cuts, the matter is not that simple.’
    • ‘Residents are bracing themselves for the annual double whammy: a hike in council tax bills, and swingeing cuts in services.’
    • ‘THE ‘appalling’ state of a crisis-hit council's finances were laid bare yesterday, amid warnings that most services faced swingeing cuts.’
    • ‘Taxpayers are bracing themselves for a mammoth council tax rise of up to 10 per cent and swingeing cuts to services.’
    • ‘‘We're not against a more efficient Civil Service, but it's difficult to see how services will improve with such swingeing cuts,’ he said.’
    • ‘His departure would come after a torrid summer in which he has been harshly criticised for allowing a series of swingeing cuts in hospital services throughout Scotland.’
    • ‘But, as the Conservative group leader recognised, the alternative - swingeing cuts - was unthinkable.’
    • ‘Reports forecast swingeing job cuts across the board at the BBC.’
    • ‘Everyone seems to expect swingeing personnel cuts and the disappearance of several army regiments and possibly either ships or RAF units.’
    • ‘Scores of beds will be axed and staff recruitment and overtime drastically reduced in swingeing cuts being unveiled by hospital chiefs today.’
    • ‘There are widespread fears that new legislation and the impact of stakeholder pensions will lead to swingeing cuts at life companies.’
    • ‘Plans to build a number of new homes for the elderly as part of a £15m rebuilding plan are to go ahead in Sheffield despite staff suffering swingeing pay cuts last year.’
    • ‘But with swingeing cuts in haddock quotas also on the cards, what will the average family be eating in place of its favourite Friday night treat?’
    • ‘‘We are facing an almost impossible task to make such swingeing cuts,’ said the insider.’
    • ‘He has really started something with his swingeing attack on the hypocrisy of the media.’
    • ‘He made swingeing attacks on multinational companies destroying Nigeria - and in particular the land and lives of the Ogoni people, of whom he was one - in the pursuit of profit.’
    • ‘Most heads believed they would get inflation-busting increases but found themselves having to make swingeing cuts.’
    • ‘Firefighters and control staff now have a chance to stave off swingeing attacks on their conditions by employers who have reneged on an earlier pay deal.’
    • ‘I asked if, by keeping the increase to this level, it would mean a swingeing cut in council grants to voluntary bodies, but did not get a satisfactory answer.’
    severe, extreme, serious, substantial, drastic, harsh, punishing, excessive, oppressive, draconian, heavy
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Pronunciation

swingeing

/ˈswɪn(d)ʒɪŋ/