swear like a trooper
swear on a stack of Bibles
Promise solemnly that what one is about to say is true, as in I swear on a stack of Bibles that I had nothing to do with his dropping out. This term alludes to the practice of placing one’s hand on a sacred object while taking an oath, which dates from the mid-10th century. It is still followed in courts of law where a witness being sworn to tell the truth places a hand on the Bible. [ Mid-1800s ]
- Swear to
see: swear by , def. 2.
noun 1. a word used in swearing or cursing; a profane or obscene word. noun 1. a socially taboo word or phrase of a profane, obscene, or insulting character
verb (used without object), sweat or sweated, sweating. 1. to perspire, especially freely or profusely. 2. to exude moisture, as green plants piled in a heap or cheese. 3. to gather moisture from the surrounding air by condensation. 4. (of moisture or liquid) to ooze or be exuded. 5. Informal. to work hard. 6. Informal. […]
noun 1. a band lining the inside of a hat or cap to protect it against sweat from the head. 2. a band of fabric worn around the head to absorb sweat. noun 1. a band of material set in a hat or cap to protect it from sweat 2. a piece of cloth tied […]