swig

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swig (third-person singular simple present swigs, present participle swigging, simple past and past participle swigged)

  1. To drink (usually by gulping or in a greedy or unrefined manner); to quaff.
    That sailor can swig whisky with the best of 'em.
  2. (obsolete) To suck.
    • Creech
      The lambkins swig the teat.
  3. (nautical) To take up the last bit of slack in rigging by taking a single turn around a cleat, then hauling on the line above and below the cleat while keeping tension on the line (also: sweating)

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swig (plural swigs), (Appalachian)

  1. A long draught from a drink.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 12, The Cyclops
      And he took the last swig out of the pint.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Marryat to this entry?)
  2. (nautical) A tackle with ropes which are not parallel.
  3. Warm beer flavoured with spices, lemon, etc.

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