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1North American formal A pig.
hog, boar, sow, porker, swine, pigletView synonyms
- ‘Napah Virus, a severe respiratory disease that Malaysian farmers caught from their swine, originated in bats.’
- ‘The total cost is not known - this was due to the slaughtering of over 15,000 animals including cattle, sheep, goats and swine.’
- ‘The same virus has been detected in humans and swine.’
- ‘The swine developed blistering which looked like foot and mouth disease which causes great concern to livestock people and even more to regulatory people.’
- ‘The virus explosively increased among domesticated swine.’
- ‘Taeniid tapeworms have a global economic impact because of the production losses in domestic stock, including cattle and swine.’
- ‘A disease was introduced from unknown origins into the swine in California.’
- ‘All swine within a three-mile radius of known infected animals have been killed.’
- ‘The paper only addressed the occurrence of bird flu in pigs in 2003, and made no mention of his remark last week that it had re-emerged in swine this year too.’
- ‘Because of changes in the pork industry, which have occurred over the years, the prevalence of infection in swine and humans has declined dramatically in the U. S.’
- ‘The fungus is especially dangerous if it gets into corn fed to horses or swine.’
- ‘Systematic surveillance for influenza is currently limited to humans, chickens, swine and horses.’
- ‘The only way to get the large swine into the boat without capsizing the craft was to build a makeshift floating ramp on the spot.’
- ‘Spray-dried plasma protein from swine or cattle blood is equally effective and has been a major contribution to the success of early weaning programs.’
- ‘I and found to my amazement that it was the pail holding the innards left over from the swine.’
- ‘His team did DNA studies that gave more evidence for the idea that prehumans acquired these tapeworms before cattle and swine were domesticated.’
- ‘For your brave action, I bestow on you the honor of skinning the swine.’
- ‘An increased number of game animals, from red deer to wild swine, and trophy animals, such a wolves and bears, have been killed.’
2informal A person regarded by the speaker with contempt and disgust.‘what an arrogant, unfeeling swine!’
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
- ‘We will take what you exploited from others, you capitalist swine!’
- ‘Well, they can all give me money, but no one does, the tight swine.’
- ‘All the same, it does feel very nice when one comes across a great artist who is not an utter swine politically.’
- ‘Taking her brother's arm, she said a silent prayer that this pirate would not die at the hands of that swine.’
- ‘They're just saying you're a low swine who'd rather play word games than keep your word.’
- ‘This leaves me, two businessmen who have suddenly started to drink up, the swines, and her in this corner.’
- ‘These arrogant swine actually think it is their RIGHT to decide what the public will be allowed to know!’
- ‘Those words - her own excuse - should have reassured her, should have secured her faith that he was not an honourless swine, but they didn't.’
- ‘I told you, I will not have you married to that swine.’
- ‘So you think you will just lie low and say nothing, do you, you leprous swine?’
- ‘You'd have to be a real swine to have kept him a secret.’
- ‘But he is living proof that you don't need to be a swine to get on,’ he said.’
- ‘Between 11 pm last night and 8am this morning the heartless swine crept into our front garden and took it.’
- ‘Yet the swine who broke into and ransacked her home had not a moment's concern for her age or her condition.’
- ‘Then the cheeky swines said that it should be in London.’
- ‘Just some advice from me because I like you, you swine.’
- ‘The few times I did get stuff to do which involved first-hand journalism, the swines I needed to talk to either didn't want to talk or weren't there at all.’
- ‘It's disgusting what these swines did to her - she could have been killed.’
- ‘You will pay for your offense, miserable swine!’
- ‘I was so disgusted with myself that day, I felt like a swine.’
Old English swīn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwijn and German Schwein, also to sow.
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