To swear by

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To swear by to place great confidence in a person or thing; to trust implicitly as an authority.
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Quotations

  • Billy Boy Franklin
    Billy Boy Franklin
    “If a lie is repeated often enough all the dumb jackasses in the world not only get to believe it, they even swear by it.”

Usage

In literature:

To fear the Lord, to swear by his name, and to perform his vows, was required of him.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Swear by the Book to let that treasure chest lie at the bottom of the creek else I tear your sinful soul from your body.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The gentleman himself, I ought to add, is by no means prone to profane swearing.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
He reassured his people by swearing to uphold the Evangelical Church.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
He, as he goes forth to his labour, swears within his heart that, by God's help on his endeavours, all shall go well with her.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
He hasna a bauchle to swear by.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
No man could positively swear to it, just by seeing the color of the hair.
"Far Past the Frontier" by James A. Braden
Do you swear to me, by Hesus, to respect my wishes?
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
By all that is left for my eternal salvation, I swear to be true!
"Saronia" by Richard Short
To observe thee now I do affirm, and by Confucius swear.
"Turandot, Princess of China" by Karl Gustav Vollmöller
We swear to you by the Sun and Kunjuk-Sum that we will treat you kindly.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
But I found him in this condition; I swear to you by all that's dear to me that I found him thus.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
I'm ready to swear by him any moment, if I've got him to swear by.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
Well, as for the moral, I cannot say that I have ever found it, to swear by.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I would swear to it by the cross and Gospel.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
Herriot appeared preoccupied with some weightier matter and scarcely deigned to notice their failure by swearing.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Is it my fault if those foolish children choose to swear by their mother?
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Basel also knew that Charles had only bought his triumph by swearing to summon the Diet of Worms.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
He won't; dere won't be no more'n a big mess left of him: yust a grease spot to swear by.
"Old Hendrik's Tales" by Arthur Owen Vaughan
I'd swear by them next to God's own.
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
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In poetry:

'Twas the height of the fete when we quitted the riot,
And quietly stole to the terrace alone,
Where, pale as the lovers that ever swear by it,
The moon it
"Moon-Drowned" by James Whitcomb Riley
Wholesome the scent, but by my soul I swear,
To gaze is greater danger than I dare;
My heart enjoys the fragrance of the Rose,
'Tis raptured when it sees my Lady fair.
"Rondeau" by Jean Froissart
Both young and old, that dreadful sin forbear;
The tongue of man was never made to swear,
But to adore and praise the blessed name,
By whom alone our dear salvation came.
"England's Alarm. or The Pious Christian's Speedy Call To Repentance" by Anonymous British
If a ghost should come a ghost will go:
No more the lady said,
Save that ever when he in wrath began
To swear by the faith of a living man,
She answered him, You are dead.
"The Young Princess -- A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love" by George Meredith
"This night," said he, "Yon castle tow'rs
"Shall echo to their centre!
"For, by the HOLY CROSS, I swear,"—
And straight a CROSS of ruby glare
Did through the wicket enter!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Quoth RALPHO, Honour's but a word
To swear by only in a Lord:
In other men 'tis but a huff,
To vapour with instead of proof;
That, like a wen, looks big and swells,
Is senseless, and just nothing else.
"Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto II" by Samuel Butler

In news:

Prince William and Kate are helping to celebrate Canada Day by swearing in new Canadian citizens and RadarOnline.com has the photos.
My mother-in-law always used to swear by Vicks on the bottoms of the feet for a cough .
Swear to God, if I were trying to build things in this city, I'd propose the biggest possible project at the outset of a public negotiation, anticipating that it would shrink by at least 10 percent during the process.
Many US senators swear by Barham Salih, a former Patriotic Union of Kurdistan representative who rose to the Kurdish premiership.
As it gets harder to live in the moment, without distraction, some swear by a forced shutdown.
While some remedies are a myth, doctors who spoke to Yahoo Health swear by these household remedies to heal minor ailments.
Tuesday's meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education was led by Superintendent Laura Schwalm and was crowded with photographers and press to witness the swearing in of Lan Nguyen and Bob Harden.
A study conducted by a Brigham Young professor found that obscenity is rife in some teen novels and that characters who swear tend to be portrayed as more attractive and popular.
Is "fed up with public swearing" and thinks "forcing the potty -mouthed to pay up might be the right antidote," according to a report by the Associated Press.
Some people swear by the zodiac and their horoscope, while others scoff at it – and still others don't believe, but still proudly stand by their sign, be it Scorpio or Gemini – or what used to be Scorpio or Gemini.
Certainly, in the weeks since the New York Mets hired him as the team's first-base coach, some players have come to swear by him.
A friend of a friend swears by Pinetree and after last year, it's my "go to" for seeds and plants.
Maitland swears this product saved a silk outfit that was so stained she was going to have to throw it away -- so what did she have to lose by trying it, she asked.
MBA Oath Is Nothing to Swear By.
Mimi Duphily said she and other merchants in downtown Middleborough were fed up with the high school kids yelling and swearing at the park close by, and wanted to take a stand.
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