Carrying a swag

tramping about looking (or not looking) for itinerant work like shearing

Dictionary of Australian slang . 2013.

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  • carrying a swag — Australian Slang tramping about looking (or not looking) for itinerant work like shearing …   English dialects glossary

  • Swag — Swag, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swagged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swagging}.] [Cf. Icel. sveggja, sveigja to bend, to sway, Norw. svaga to sway. See {Sway}.] 1. To hang or move, as something loose and heavy; to sway; to swing. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swag — swag1 /swag/, n., v., swagged, swagging. n. 1. a suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the like, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle; festoon. 2. a wreath, spray, or cluster of foliage, flowers, or fruit. 3. a festoon …   Universalium

  • swag — I [[t]swæg[/t]] n. v. swagged, swag•ging 1) a suspended garland, drapery, etc., fastened at each end and hanging down in the middle; festoon 2) a wreath or cluster of foliage, flowers, or fruit 3) a swale 4) a swaying or lurching movement 5) to… …   From formal English to slang

  • swag — /swæg / (say swag) noun 1. a bundle or roll carried across the shoulders or otherwise, and containing the bedding and personal belongings of a traveller through the bush, a miner, etc.; shiralee; bluey; drum: *I got my rug and rolled it up into a …   Australian English dictionary

  • swag — swæg n. decorative curtain or other hanging draped in a curve from two points; loot, stolen goods (Slang); swagman s pack or bundle containing personal belongings (Australian) v. walk unsteadily, sway; droop, sag; travel around carrying one s… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Swagged — Swag Swag, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swagged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swagging}.] [Cf. Icel. sveggja, sveigja to bend, to sway, Norw. svaga to sway. See {Sway}.] 1. To hang or move, as something loose and heavy; to sway; to swing. [Prov. Eng.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swagging — Swag Swag, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Swagged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swagging}.] [Cf. Icel. sveggja, sveigja to bend, to sway, Norw. svaga to sway. See {Sway}.] 1. To hang or move, as something loose and heavy; to sway; to swing. [Prov. Eng.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swagman — [swag′mən] n. pl. swagmen [swag′mən] [with ref. to carrying a SWAG (n. 4a)] Austral. 1. an itinerant worker 2. a tramp …   English World dictionary

  • swagger — Swagman Swag man, n. A bushman carrying a swag and traveling on foot; called also {swagsman}, {swagger}, and {swaggie}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Once a jolly swagman sat beside a billabong Under the shade of a coolibah tree. And he sang as he sat… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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