from The Century Dictionary.

  • To sweep.
  • To place aslant.
  • noun Same as sweep, 7.
  • noun A sconce or light-holder.
  • noun A pump-handle.
  • noun Same as sweep, 10.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See sweep, n., 12.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A kind of mechanical scoop for water.


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  • "Och! hinny, and how can I swape the floor without a brum?" said

    Adèle Dubois A Story of the Lovely Miramichi Valley in New Brunswick

  • "If I was to swape till I fell prostitute, I'd niver git it clane."

    Explorers of the Dawn

  • Wid Bobs an 'a few three-year-olds, I'd swape any army av the earth into a towel, an' throw it away aftherwards.

    Soldier Stories

  • Bobs an 'a few three-year-olds, I'd swape any army av the earth into a towel, an' throw it away aftherward.

    Indian Tales

  • First, comes a great big loaded automobile drivin 'up, and stopped in front with a flourish an' out hops as nice an 'nate a lookin' lad as ever you clapped your eyes on, an 'up he comes to me an' off goes his hat with a swape, an 'he hands me that bundle an' he says: 'Here's something Miss

    Her Father's Daughter

  • "An 'you're a dirty low swape av a Dutchman to let that woman av yours use a native wor-rud in the captain's hearin'," and Deasy banged his fellow-trader between the eyes, as at the same moment Manogi and

    Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories 1898

  • "Why, don't you know, Patsy," replied his friend, "that it manes our party have made a clane swape of the cowld-wather men?"

    From Wealth to Poverty

  • "Bedad," she said aloud, "to-morrer I'll clane thim lamp-chimbleys and swape the bidrooms."

    The Girl at Cobhurst

  • Tyne watermen are called, manage with great dexterity; the vessel being guided by the aid of the “swape,” or great oar, which is used as a kind of rudder at the stern of the vessel.

    Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson

  • -- the divil swape yourself and your tongs, 'says I,' I don't want

    Stories of Comedy


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