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verbswinges, swinged, swingeing[with object]literary
Strike hard; beat.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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