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(past & past part. swashed; pres. part. swashing)
Make violent, noisy movements.
Dash a liquid upon or against.  Synonyms: plash, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh.
Show off.  Synonyms: blow, bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, tout, vaunt.
Act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner.  Synonyms: bluster, swagger.

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"Swash" Quotes from Famous Books

... ceaselessly prepared for by the piling up of huge armaments and weapons of destruction. Their invariable motto is that if you wish for peace you must prepare for war—"si vis pacem, para bellum"—a notoriously false apophthegm, because armaments are provocative, not soothing, and the man who is a swash-buckler invites attack. It is needless to say that thousands of military men do not belong to this category: no one dreads war so much as the man who knows what it means. I am not speaking of individuals, I am speaking of a particular ...
— Armageddon—And After • W. L. Courtney

... to help us; but the mismanagement of affairs at Jullundur had done much to lower our prestige in the eyes of his people, and there was no mistaking the offensive demeanour of his troops. They evidently thought that British soldiers had gone never to return, and they swaggered about in swash-buckler fashion, as only Natives who think they have the upper ...
— Forty-one years in India - From Subaltern To Commander-In-Chief • Frederick Sleigh Roberts

... going for a short distance we sat upon a rock and looked out over the ocean, which extended afar, under a sky that was dark with mountainous masses of piled-up clouds. The great roll of the sea struck the foot of the cliffs rather slowly, as if performing some solemn function, and the swash of the returning water was like some strange dirge. The very waves had lost their blueness and were tinted with a ...
— Sweetapple Cove • George van Schaick

... full of thought both for myself and for the poor souls around me. At last, however, the measured swash of the water against the side of the vessel and the slight rise and fall had lulled me into a sleep, from which I was suddenly aroused by the flashing of a light in my eyes. Sitting up, I found several sailors gathered about me, and a tall man with a black cloak swathed round ...
— Micah Clarke - His Statement as made to his three Grandchildren Joseph, - Gervas and Reuben During the Hard Winter of 1734 • Arthur Conan Doyle

... heard, save the low, tremulous swash of the sleet outside, or the death-rattle in the throat of the bath-tub. Then all was still as the bosom of a fried chicken when the ...
— Remarks • Bill Nye

... by all means," said Barker calmly; "but please explain what you mean. I told you not to buy in the Green Swash Mine, and now I suppose you have gone and done it, because I said it might possibly be ...
— Doctor Claudius, A True Story • F. Marion Crawford

... we hear the melodious swash of its waves on its green banks—we see fur off the gleam of its white, ...
— Samantha at the World's Fair • Marietta Holley

Words linked to "Swash" :   hyperbolize, vaunt, dot, hyperbolise, puddle, triumph, wave, move, locomote, amplify, slosh, do, slosh around, overdraw, exaggerate, gloat, go, crow, slush around, dust, behave, puff, moving ridge, sprinkle, disperse, overstate, act, travel, slush, magnify, scatter

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