swag

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swag sway heavily or unsteadily
    • v swag walk as if unable to control one's movements "The drunken man staggered into the room"
    • v swag droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
    • n swag a bundle containing the personal belongings of a swagman
    • n swag goods or money obtained illegally
    • n swag valuable goods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Swag A burglar's or thief's booty; boodle.
    • Swag A swaying, irregular motion.
    • Swag A tramping bushman's luggage, rolled up either in canvas or in a blanket so as to form a long bundle, and carried on the back or over the shoulder; -- called also a bluey, or a drum.
    • Swag Any bundle of luggage similarly rolled up; hence, luggage in general.
    • Swag To hang or move, as something loose and heavy; to sway; to swing.
    • Swag To sink down by its weight; to sag. "I swag as a fat person's belly swaggeth as he goeth."
    • Swag To tramp carrying a swag.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swag To sink down by its weight; lean; sag.
    • swag To move as something heavy and pendent; sway.
    • n swag An unequal, hobbling motion.
    • n swag Same as swale, 2.
    • n swag A bundle; the package or roll containing the possessions of a swagman.
    • n swag A festoon. See the quotation.
    • n swag In decorative art, an irregular or informal cluster: as, a swag of flowers in the engraved decoration of a piece of plate.
    • n swag In coalmining, a subsidence of the roof, in consequence of the working away of the coal: same as weighting.
    • n swag A large quantity: a lot; hence, plundered property; booty; boodle.
    • swag To tramp about in search of work, carrying one's swag. See swagman, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Swag swag (slang) anything obtained by plunder: baggage, esp. that carried by one tramping through the bush, a swagman's pack: the subsidence of a mine-roof: a festoon or hanging cluster of flowers
    • v.i Swag swag to sink down by its own weight
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Quotations

  • Ezra Pound
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    “You let me throw the bricks through the front window. You go in at the back and take the swag.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. sveggja, sveigja, to bend, to sway, Norw. svaga, to sway. See Sway
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with sway.

Usage

In literature:

He had disappeared, and they saw the opening where the "swag" had been secured.
"Oscar the Detective" by Harlan Page Halsey
I call this little trip 'The Adventure of the Second Swag'.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
Good enough; I'll bet my share of the swag they go for a ramble.
"Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist" by Harlan Page Halsey
Note how he hangs his swags, and swings his amorini, from the horizontal borders.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
Were they going to murder Baxter and the Frenchman for the sake of the swag now safely on board?
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
I ought to have had it with me in my swag.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
On the same principle, an Australian carries his swag with a lurch forward.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
Hold this swag and cover the man, so I can have both hands and get through quick.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
Ordinarily the risk and the "swag" are distributed on more democratic principles.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
As he lowered his "swag" to the ground, he said, smiling urbanely, "How de do?
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
It's no good your getting your swag ready if you can't ride.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
Dandy Jack always carries a small swag about with him from place to place, wherever he may temporarily pitch his tent.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
They carried their swags on their shoulders.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
The game's up: we must save the swag.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But are you sure she has the swag?
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by John Mackay Wilson
It may be hundreds of years since the swag had a lawful owner or owners.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
Now, let's do for 'em all, and clear away with the swag!
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
I had a dress rehearsal in the dead of last night, and it was then I took the swag.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
The promoters were to divide the swag captured from pirates as dividends on their investment.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine
And, moreover, if the thing comes off, I shall expect a fifth share of the swag to be handed over to my woman.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 5 of 6" by Eugène Sue
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In poetry:

The curtains part, the trumpet blares,
And the eunuchs howl aloud;
And the gilt, swag-bellied idol glares
Insolent over the crowd.
"Rimmon" by Rudyard Kipling
A stark old sinner, and a stout, as ever
Blue swag has carried through
That grim, wild land men name the Never-Never,
Beyond the far Barcoo.
"His Mate" by Victor James Daley
"In secret she nursed him, and swag-ed his pain,
While he through the realm was believed to be slain:
At length his fair bride she consented to be,
And made him glad father of pretty Bessee.
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
But every wand'ring thought will cease
Before the noble altarpiece
With carven swags array'd,
For there in letters all may read
The Lord's Commandments, Prayer and Creed,
And decently display'd.
"Verses Turned..." by Sir John Betjeman
BLACKSOIL PLAINS were grey soil, grey soil in the drought.
Fifteen years away, and five hundred miles out;
Swag and bag and billy carried all our care
Before we were married, and I wish that I were there.
"Before We Were Married" by Henry Lawson
"Now, haste thee, cop!" I called again,
"Let not thy footsteps lag!
The thief can not be far away.
Haste to regain the swag!" ...
His arms I saw him outward fling.
He moaned, "Where did you get that thing?"
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis

In news:

'Swag' joins waste, fraud, and abuse.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has proposed a policy banning pens, drug samples and almost all other swag from pharmaceutical and medical.
THE WASHINGTON POST) President Obama's orders to cut back on government travel, transportation, technology and swag aren't sitting well with a certain group of people: Swag shop owners.
Welcome to the KCET Swag Blog.
The Most Awesome Swag at CPAC.
Elmo shows us how to really put it down with this remix video to pretty boy swag .
It's a Glam Thing's Dawn McCarthy shares some Country Music Awards swag presented to the stars by Lisa Gal and Hollywood Swag Bags.
Content Tagged ' Swag '.
Coach Cal and Terrence Jones on " swag ".
Startup Swag That Doesn't Suck.
Team? Swag goes 4-0 to win sixth-grade crown.
Insider Saver Laura Thornquist has ways to save using swag bucks.
Does Cooking Dance* SWAG SWAG .
Champs Sports gives shoppers SWAG .
'Survivor' Recap: Got my Swag Back.
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