American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal Extreme distress or discomposure.
- n. A state of condition of haste, flutter; extreme discomposure or distress; irritation exasperation annoyance.
- n. a panic or extreme discomposure
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One for the writers: Damage that an author can do to his or her career by choosing the vanity press route. [via swivet]”
“Michael Chabon is fighting the good fight for science fiction. [via swivet]”
“The Disco ‘Tute is in a swivet over the California Science Center’s cancellation of a showing of Darwin’s Dilemma, the latest excretion of Illustrata Media, producer of the late unlamented Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed at the Disco ‘Tute.”
“The specter of an Obama presidency has anti-gay forces in a swivet.”
“Gasped Agnes, shocked by the request into an unwanted swivet.”
“I know, we're getting into a linguistic swivet (ph) here.”
“True, he suffered a swivet after the crash of 1987; and a recent PBS series called Made in America bombed.”
“There was very little hoopla in the press last week, and scholarly economics is in something of swivet over the award.”
“Did you do that deliberately just to get us cranky old farts all in a swivet?”
“If you were wondering what might send the world's third-largest media conglomerate into a swivet, look out the window: There's a 7 percent vacancy rate in midtown Manhattan, and Bertelsmann A.G., the $16.4 billion German-based behemoth, is feeling the strain.”
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