swingeing

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Verb[edit]

swingeing

  1. (archaic) present participle of swinge

Adjective[edit]

swingeing (comparative more swingeing, superlative most swingeing)

  1. (Britain) large, immense
    • 2017 March 27, “The Observer view on triggering article 50”, in The Observer[1]:
      Every day produces more evidence that this hard Tory Brexit is a disaster in the making. Carmakers and other export manufacturers, fearing swingeing tariffs, are demanding special protections and exemptions or else they leave.
  2. powerful, scathing (a swingeing verbal attack)
    • The Economist, June 16th 2012. "Special Report: The melting north", p. 4.
      Perhaps not since the felling of America's vast forests ... has the world seen such a spectacular environmental change. The consequences for Arctic ecosystems will be swingeing.

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