- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈswɪn(d)ʒɪŋ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈswɪndʒɪŋ/
- Hyphenation: swinge‧ing
- (chiefly Britain) Huge, immense.
1716, W[illiam] M[offat], Hesperi-neso-graphia: Or, A Description of the Western Isle. In Eight Canto’s, 4th edition, London: Printed and sold by J. Baker, at the Black-Boy in Pater-Noster-Row, OCLC 54152542, canto II, page 7:
- And when Occaſion did require, / In midſt of Houſe a mighty Fire, / Of black dry'd Earth and ſwingeing Blocks / Was made, enough to roaſt an Ox; […]
1855, William Harrison Ainsworth, “Abel’s Interview with the Miser—Unexpected Appearance of Randulph and Cordwell Firebras—Result of the Meeting”, in The Miser’s Daughter: A Tale, London; New York, N.Y.: G[eorge] Routledge & Co., Farringdon Street; New York, 18, Beekman Street, OCLC 643588782, page 123:
- "Let him pursue his own course," said Diggs, taking up a pen, and making some hasty memoranda on a sheet of paper. "We shall have swingeing damages—swingeing damages."
2017 March 27, “The Observer view on triggering article 50: As Britain hurtles towards the precipice, truth and democracy are in short supply”, in The Observer, London, archived from the original on 17 May 2017:
- 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.
- Heavy, powerful, scathing.
a swingeing verbal attack
1869, Samuel W[hite] Baker, chapter IV, in Cast Up by the Sea, London: Macmillan and Co., OCLC 557933199, pages 80–81:
- Steven's cold blood was now heated, and springing from the ground, he rushed forward utterly regardless of science, and with his head down, protected by his bended arm, he closed with a swingeing right-handed hit that unfortunately caught Ned upon the ear, and sent him reeling, and for the instant half stunned, upon one side.
1987, John Baglow, “Uncouth Dilemmas”, in Hugh MacDiarmid: The Poetry of Self, Kingston, Ont.; Montreal, Que.: McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 978-0-7735-0571-1, page 64:
- With the publication of Drunk Man [A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle (1926)] [Hugh] MacDiarmid revealed that he had developed from an accomplished and sometimes brilliant miniaturist into a major poet. The poem represents the high-water mark of his work in Scots and probably of his writing as a whole. Maturity of utterance and sophistication of expression combine in a swingeing, energetic exploration of his situation which he never surpassed.
2012 June 16, James Astill, “Special Report: The Melting North”, in The Economist, archived from the original on 20 January 2017, page 4:
- Perhaps not since the felling of America's vast forests in the 19th century, […] has the world seen such a spectacular environmental change. The consequences for Arctic ecosystems will be swingeing.