swear off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swear off promise to abstain from "I have sworn off cigarettes altogether"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Swear off to renounce, promise to give up
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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.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swerian; Dut. zweren, Ger. schwören.

Usage

In literature:

But my hat is off to him, after all, for he had ready for us, and swears to this day to its truth, the best fish-story of the trip.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
I'd swear off and try to keep away from the game, if I wasn't in so deep.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
A LADY reproving a gentleman during a hard frost for swearing, advised him to leave it off, saying it was a very bad habit.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
I swear off from this moment.
"Little Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor" by Various
And if I had to swear to the fact, I believe he was worse off than the black.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
I'd swear off all flesh-feeding for good if it wasn't for that beef.
"Charge!" by George Manville Fenn
That sort ought to swear off, and never touch it at all.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
I'll swear off on annything but Dorsey.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
Put the gold band in your pocket, and swear to remain with him, but run off when you can.
"The Gold Thread" by Norman MacLeod
Donald slunk off, swearing to be revenged.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
A good many men "swear off" on the New Year, but Captain Ben didn't.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
So you've got to swear to me, you and your sons, that you'll let him off without hurting him.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
The most desperate thing he could think of was to swear off.
"Continuous Vaudeville" by Will M. Cressy
So off I went again, and when we got to the running-ground I heard him panting and swearing and shouting a hundred yards away.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
I've be'n lookin' f'r years f'r a white man that I c'd swear off to.
"Hidden Water" by Dane Coolidge
It is only a question of time and bravery when he will swear off.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
With great spluttering, and I must admit a little swearing, I quickly cleaned it off.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
One, by virtue of his defeat must swear off writing for a full three months.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
He would scarcely stop to swear, but snatch up his precious box and rush off toward his regiment.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
I could swear that I saw a group of planes show off there for a split second or so.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
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In poetry:

Indeed, indeed from that same line we swear
Off for all time, and mean it when we swear;
And then, and then we meet the Quartered Flag,
And, surely for the last time, pay the fare.
"The Exiles' Line" by Rudyard Kipling
"Cease weeping, fair BACKSHEESH! I willingly swear
Cork jackets and trousers I always will wear,
And I also throw in a large number of oaths
That I never - no, NEVER - will take off my clothes!"
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'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
I know as me 'abits is not the best.
An' I know as the beer's a curse;
But don't blame me, for me choice weren't free,
An' the blame of it's all on nurse.
So, please, yer Honor, don't make it 'ot,
An' I'll swear off dummies right on the spot."
"The Deadly Dummy" by C J Dennis

In news:

Close your eyes and you'll swear you're in a garden off the Amalfi Coast at the peak of summer.
SOME players swear off the game after a failure.
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.
The Periodic Table of Swearing can help you blow off steam this holiday season.
Would You Ever Swear Off Dating.
Senate needs to swear off the filibuster altogether.
Without swearing off your favorite treats.
Prince Swears Off Recording Until Someone Fixes the Internet.
It's enough to make you swear off mass transit altogether.
Serena Williams Swears Off Dating — Could You.
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.
Sharon Osbourne's Double Mastectomy Made Her Swear Off All Plastic Surgery.
Harvard Business Review blogger Dan McGinn kicked off a lively comment thread at the site with a post titled, "Should Leaders Ever Swear ".
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