One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who passes (or pretends to pass) a sword blade down the throat and gullet as entertainment.
- ‘The function was hosted by Rowling and her doctor husband Neil Murray, whose spectacular entertainment included witches, wizards, minstrels and sword-swallowers.’
- ‘The court contained everything, including a jester, a juggler, a sword-swallower, an eater of fire, and a young sorceress named Babette.’
- ‘The demons would throw the small cascades of fire back and forth between their hands, before finally guiding it down their throats with the agility of sword-swallowers.’
- ‘But I really have a thing for sword-swallowers and fire-eaters.’
- ‘Celebrating day's end are sword-swallowers, trained dogs and cats, aerial artists, minstrels, fortune-tellers and bagpipers.’
- ‘Some of us encounter such things in fellow believers, and we feel the way we do when we run into a sword-swallower at a wedding reception.’
sword swallower/sô(ə)rd ˈswäləwər/
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