To swear off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To swear off to make a solemn vow, or a serious resolution, to abstain from something; as, to swear off smoking.
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Quotations

  • Leo Burnett
    Leo Burnett
    “To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is to swear off having ideas.”

Usage

In literature:

Condy had told young Sargeant that he had "reformed" in the matter of gambling, and intended to swear off for a few months.
"Blix" by Frank Norris
Swear to me, sir, that you are going to break off that marriage!
"Damaged Goods" by Upton Sinclair
And before I could formulate my next question, Lon McFane, I swear, was off to sleep.
"Lost Face" by Jack London
A good feast-hound or banquet-beagle, that will scent you out a supper some three miles off, and swear to his patrons, damn him!
"Every Man Out Of His Humour" by Ben Jonson
As I said, after a month or two, his first companions began to drop off, or only came, bullying and swearing, to demand money.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
To make an oath binding he must swear by the head of a cock cut off before him in open court.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
As to drinkin', why, I'd swear off myself, ef 'twud make me hold a candle to him.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
I've sworn off craps for good, and maybe I'll swear off poker after to-night.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
I've had enough to swear at to-day without you fellows playing off on me.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
And look here: if I'm lucky enough to get off, swear you'll give it back.
"Dead Man's Rock" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I'm going to swear off!
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
You think I am going to swear off again.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
I'd swear off sleepin' if you wanted me to.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
You'd better get off to bed now, or Lady Paula will be on your track, I'll swear.
"The Riddle of the Spinning Wheel" by Mary E. Hanshew
It's the first time I've ever gone wrong, and if you'll let me off I'll swear not to do anything bad again.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
Lanyard called, but was not permitted to speak to me, and walked off swearing to himself.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
Some said it was just like Geoffrey to go up and try to swear his friend off.
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis
As to pot-steaks, toddies, and the like, I shall simply swear off eating and drinking.
"The Letters of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
The cantons gather and swear to throw off the Austrian yoke.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
To my mind, swearing lets off the steam wonderfully.
"Rose Clark" by Fanny Fern
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In poetry:

'T was lak a swamp, de farm he got,
De water ev'ryw'ere--
Might drain her off as tight as a drum.
An' back dat water is boun' to come
In less 'n a day or two--ba Gum!
'T would mak' de angel swear.
"The Devil" by William Henry Drummond
“Clean off his bunk he made a bound,
And when he rubbed his eyes
I’m safe to swear poor Johnnie found
His dander ’gin to rise.
For there were diggers standin’ round—
Their missuses likewise.
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Your aversion to swearing just might pay off at work.
The intention here is not to swear off all games, highlight shows and radio squawk hours.
0 F riends, I think I told you a couple of columns back that I was going to swear off writing about President Carter–it was just too painful, and tiresome.
Swear Off Subsidies To Achieve A Clean Energy Future.
Senate needs to swear off the filibuster altogether.
And in our quest for Joy Bryant-esque clear skin, we've done everything from dabbing toothpaste on our zits to swearing off chocolate and French fries.
It's enough to make you swear off mass transit altogether.
Coupled with a number of E. Coli scares, it caused some Americans to swear off hamburger.
Folks today can't seem to swear off swearing .
These people need to focus more on how the new Tyler beer and wine election is going to swear them off rather than worry about elected officials.
You don't have to completely swear off blow-drying.
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