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  • verb [ weak ]
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swippan, p. te
To scourge, beat, strike
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  • Hafaþ hé gyrde lange and ðone feónd swipeþ,

      Salm. Kmbl. 185; Sal. 92.
[The verb seems to be not uncommon in later English in the sense to strike, and also in that of to move quickly (Layamon also uses the noun swipe a stroke) He his sweord up ahof and adun sloh (swipte, 2nd. MS.), Laym. 23962. He braid ut his sweord and him to sweinde (swipte to þan kinge, 2nd MS.), 27627. He hine adun swipte, 16518. He his sweord swipte mid maine, 23978. He swipte þat hæfued of,
lch wulle his heueð of swippen, 878. He lette his sweord adun swippen (hit adun swipte, 2nd MS.), 16510. Ine swifte wateres þe þet is isundred he is sone iswipt forð,
    A. R. 252, 20.
He swipte hire of ꝥ heaued decollavit eam,
    Kath. 2452.
Heo swipten of mid sweord hire heaued gladio percussa, 2179. When þe saul fra þe body swippes,
    Pr. C. 2196.
See also Halliwell's Dict. swippe, and cf. Dan. svippe to smack, crack a whip: Ger. schwippen to whip. Cf. also swingan and words related to it for connection of the ideas of striking and moving.]
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v. swipian.
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