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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Extreme distress or discomposure.

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  • n. A state of condition of haste, flutter; extreme discomposure or distress; irritation exasperation annoyance.

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  • n. a panic or extreme discomposure

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • One for the writers: Damage that an author can do to his or her career by choosing the vanity press route. [via swivet]

    SF Tidbits for 9/8/08

  • Michael Chabon is fighting the good fight for science fiction. [via swivet]

    August 2008

  • 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.

    IDiots can't read. - The Panda's Thumb

  • The specter of an Obama presidency has anti-gay forces in a swivet.

    Wayne Besen: Palin's All Dressed Up and Plotting

  • Gasped Agnes, shocked by the request into an unwanted swivet.

    vignette: zombies (for andrew)

  • I know, we're getting into a linguistic swivet (ph) here.

    CNN Transcript Oct 20, 2006

  • True, he suffered a swivet after the crash of 1987; and a recent PBS series called Made in America bombed.

    Economic Principals

  • There was very little hoopla in the press last week, and scholarly economics is in something of swivet over the award.

    Economic Principals

  • Did you do that deliberately just to get us cranky old farts all in a swivet?

    BLESS YOU, DAVID!!!.....

  • 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.

    Random House Homeless! Office Space Vanishes!

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  • "With only a few days to listen to the recordings, make notes, digest files from Time correspondents, read morgue clippings, and skim through several books, I was soon sprawled on the floor at home, surrounded by drifts of undifferentiated paper, and near tears in a catatonic swivet."
    - "Structure" by John McPhee, p 46 of the January 14, 2013 issue of the New Yorker

    January 15, 2013