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Sweeney

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Symbolic character in the poetry of T. S. Eliot. representing the vulgar but vital force of life, particularly in modern man. He is introduced in “Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service” (1918)...

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Sweeney

Edited by Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 165 words.

A shortening of ‘Sweeney Todd’, cockney rhyming slang for Flying Squad. The name is that of the Demon Barber

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sweeney n.

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 279 words.

a barber.

1922 Joyce Ulysses 308: Pictures of him on the wall with his smashall sweeney's moustaches. 1995 M. Simpson

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Sweeney

in New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 141 words.

Annie, ca'canny, canny, cranny, Danny, fanny, granny, nanny, tranny • Ariadne, Evadne • daphne • Agni,

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Sweeney

in Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 139 words.

Annie, ca'canny, canny, cranny, Danny, fanny, granny, nanny, tranny • Ariadne, Evadne • daphne • Agni,

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Mad Sweeney

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 5 words.

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Sweeney, Mad

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 5 words.

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Todd, Sweeney

Edited by Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 9 words.

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Sweeney Todd

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 89 words.

The demon barber of fleet street.

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Sweeney noun

Edited by John Ayto and John Simpson.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

January 2008; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 57 words.

Brit (A member of) a police flying squad. 1936–. N. Lucas By the way, don't bother to call the

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Sweeney (Todd), the n.

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 240 words.

the Flying Squad; thus sweenies, members of the Flying Squad; also attrib.

1936 J. Curtis Gilt Kid 223: Coming

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Todd, Sweeney ([Lit.])

Andrew Delahunty and Sheila Dignen.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 86 words.

A fictional barber who murdered his customers with a razor and then had his lover serve up the remains in a meat pie. He was the central character in several plays by ...

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running for Sweeney phr. (US)

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 52 words.

running away from something threatening or dangerous.

1908 N.-Y. American 30 Aug. in Fleming Unforgettable Season (1981) 198:

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save it for Sweeney! excl.

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 13 words.

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gas-house mick n.

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 150 words.

a poor or lower-class Irish person.

[1912 Van Loan ‘Sweeney to Sanguinetti to Schultz’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 47: Sweeney

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Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Edited by Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 254 words.

The nickname of Sweeney Todd, the legendary Fleet Street barber who regularly murdered his customers. His Grand Guignol act involved

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Agonistes

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 28 words.

The title of Milton’s last poem, Samson Agonistes (1671), means ‘Samson the Champion’. Similarly Sweeney Agonistes (1932

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tag v.

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 679 words.

1 to punch.

1912 Van Loan ‘Sweeney to Sanguinetti to Schultz’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 43: ‘You say I did n't

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hoo-jahs, the n.

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 80 words.

delirium tremens.

1932 T.S. Eliot Sweeney Agonistes 30: You've had a cream of a nightmare dream and you've got the

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