swash·​buck·​ling | \ ˈswäsh-ˌbə-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce swashbuckling (audio) , ˈswȯsh-\

Definition of swashbuckling

1 : acting in the manner of a swashbuckler
2 : characteristic of, marked by, or done by swashbucklers

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Drawn to the swashbuckling action films of Errol Flynn and Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan movies, Lee began writing his own while a student at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Remembering Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics Legend, Dies at 95," 12 Nov. 2018 Liverpool, last year’s runner-up, has the swashbuckling combination of attacking prowess and physical power to rattle anyone in Europe—which is exactly the recipe behind the Premier League’s dominance in the mid-2000s. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A New-Look Real Madrid Shoots for Four Champions League Titles in a Row," 18 Sep. 2018 Such was his swashbuckling way that when the Spanish American War broke out, Otis successfully petitioned for a military post from an old Army friend — President McKinley. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 The success of this swashbuckling Spaniard helped raise the profile of European golf, not to mention the European Tour. Ben Simister And Tom Mcgowan, CNN, "Seve Ballesteros: The Spanish master of Augusta," 6 Apr. 2018 In order for this to happen though, this will have to see off Jurgen Klopp's free-scoring Liverpool side, who are looking to pick up the big cup for the sixth time in their illustrious history, after a swashbuckling European campaign. SI.com, "Liverpool vs Real Madrid Champions League Final Preview: Previous Encounter, Team News and More," 25 May 2018 But Solo, the backstory of the swashbuckling smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon? T.j. Furman, Philly.com, "Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? This 'Star Wars' fan made his choice a long time ago," 21 May 2018 An absorbing, inspiring movie is hitting theaters that introduces viewers to a swashbuckling global superhero who, although familiar to millions of fans, still has layers of humility, courage and humor to reveal. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "‘Pope Francis’ documentary is a moving portrait of a man of faith | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 Like its title character pulling off a crazy scheme just in the nick of time, Solo is a swashbuckling success, a space adventure that pays homage to the DNA of the original films while carving out its own unique space in the canon. Graeme Mcmillan, Billboard, "'Solo: A Star Wars Story' -- What the Critics Are Saying," 16 May 2018

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circa 1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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