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- v. turn abruptly and face the other way, either physically or metaphorically
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Then, suddenly, he -- for it was a man -- swayed back, with a hitch to his skin trousers, and began to sing a chanty, such as men lift when they swing around the capstan circle and the sea snorts in their ears:
Wait a minute, it's sunset here, but i/I went out to the viewdome i'd see Jupiter in the last quarter, or would I, oh, hell, it only takes us half an Earth day to swing around the planet anyhow — Joe shook his head.
A German tank would appear at the corner of a street; slowly it would swing around and grind cautiously toward the Russian-held buildings, iron hatches closed tight, the crew trembling with the anticipation of combat.