Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fail; falter; hesitate.
- To fear.
- n. Doubt; hesitation; perplexity; a state of irresolute wavering.
- n. A fright.
- n. A perspiration.
- To burn; scorch.
- To emit a whirring sound; whizz.
- n. agitation resulting from active worry
- Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
“A man in a swither is a man half absent, as poor a fighter as he is indifferent a lover; the enemy and the girl will escape him ere he has throttled the doubt at his heart There's one test to my mind for all the enterprises of man -- are they well contrived and carried to a good conclusion?”
“They found the office in a "swither," as Harry said, over the revelations of fraud that were coming to light every day -- book-keeper, clerk, and timber-checker having all been in conspiracy to defraud the company.”
“The wind smells of the Wear, sprays rain on the wall and growls with an insistent swither.”
“Oh, they'll shift and swither and plot, and ye'll be approached (discreetly) with more hints and ploys and assurances of good will than ye can count.”
“Then, very abruptly, fixing his eyes on me, all of a swither, with my milk-stained cap in my hand,”
“He seemed in a swither as to whether I was a fit confidant or not in such a matter, but at last would appear to decide in my favour.”
“And as ill-luck had it, his ill counsel found me on the swither, as yours did when”
“Strong cruel brutes, they did not swither a moment, but both leaped at M'Iver's throat.”
“Good night to you, Sir Churchman; I'm in nae swither whether I would change places wi 'ye the night, but weemen are daft craturs, poor things, and I've had my day.”
“Meanwhile the big mother moose was thrashing around in the bushes in a terrible swither, calling her calf to come.”
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