1 valuable goods
3 a bundle containing the personal belongings of a swagman
2 walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room" [syn: stagger, reel, keel, lurch, careen]
- Rhymes: -æɡ
- A burglar's or thief's booty; boodle.
- a bushmans' possessions tied up in a blanket and carried over the shoulder on a long stick.
- handouts, freebies or giveaways, such as those handed out at conventions. (The backronym "Stuff We All Get" has been suggested for this meaning, but it is probably not the etymology.)
- a wild guess or
estimate (The backronyms "Stupid Wild Ass
Guess" and "Scientific Wild Ass Guess" have been suggested for this
meaning, but it is probably not the etymology but rather a backronym.)
- I can take a swag at the answer, but it may not be right.
- a loop of draped fabric
- low grade or cheap marijuana; however this is usually spelled schwag, schwagg, or shwag.
Quotations*2005, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback edition, 438
- He looked in bewilderment at number 24, the final house with its regalia of stucco swags and bows.
In Australian historical terms, a swag is a portable shelter that is rolled (usually with belongings inside) and carried on a person's back.
Before motor transport was common, foot travel over long distances was essential to workers who were travelling in the Australian bush and who could not afford a horse. Itinerant workers who travelled from farm to farm shearing sheep in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were called "swagmen" because they carried all their possessions in a swag. This image was immortalised in Australian culture by the song Waltzing Matilda.
In Australia and New Zealand, the term "swag" is still widely used to refer to a tent or other portable shelter used for camping or outdoor sleeping.
A modern swag is a waterproof canvas sleeping compartment that is sometimes bug-proof. All swags come with a foam mattress, and can comfortably be slept in with the addition of a pillow and sleeping bag. When rolled up the swag is lightweight and very compact, making it ideal for storage and transport. It is typically easy to erect and roll up can be done quickly.
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