an official ceremony where a person takes an oath of office, allegiance, etc.
- Swear like a trooper
swear like a trooper swear like a trooper Freely utter profanity or obscenity, as in The teacher was shocked when she heard one of the fathers begin to swear like a trooper. The troopers in this term were the cavalry, who were singled out for their swearing from the early 1700s on.
- Swear on a stack of bibles
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 […]
- 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