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to swaddle

To beat with a stick.

The tenth order of the canting tribe, who not only rob, but beat, and often murder passengers. Cant.

Swaddlers is also the Irish name for methodist.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Swad"dle (?), n. [AS. sweil, sweel, fr. sweain to bind. See Swathe.]

Anything used to swaddle with, as a cloth or band; a swaddling band.

They put me in bed in all my swaddles. Addison.


© Webster 1913.

Swad"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swaddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Swaddling (?).]


To bind as with a bandage; to bind or warp tightly with clothes; to swathe; -- used esp. of infants; as, to swaddle a baby.

They swaddled me up in my nightgown with long pieces of linen. Addison.


To beat; to cudgel.




© Webster 1913.

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