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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He was known as a hard-living, fun-loving character—the perfect face for the swashbuckling Raiders of the 1970s, a gang of misfits and castoffs. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, the Blues were later crowned Premier League and FA Cup champions after a swashbuckling season of goals galore. SI.com, "Comparing Chelsea's Current Lineup With the One That Faced Man Utd 10 Years Ago," 12 Aug. 2019 But as the British colony grew rich over the following decades, so did Cathay, transforming from a swashbuckling shoestring operation into a carrier of regional, then international, renown. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Cathay Pacific, Icon of Hong Kong’s Rise, Now Reflects China’s Grip," 11 Aug. 2019 England’s World Cup victory crowned the world’s best ODI team, after a four-year overhaul that produced a swashbuckling side of big-hitting batsmen. M.j., The Economist, "The Ashes will feature the weakest pair of cricket teams in decades," 31 July 2019 This eight-wicket victory, which secured England's place in Sunday's final against New Zealand at Lord's, will long be remembered for the way that the host nation dismantled its greatest rival in its customary swashbuckling style. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2019 Daniel Farke's side won plenty of plaudits last season for their swashbuckling style of play, which involved getting the players on the ball and moving forward as quickly as possible. SI.com, "7 Players Who Could Finally Complete a Dribble Past Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk Next Season," 9 July 2019 Having reached the final of Europe's premier competition last year with their swashbuckling style, Liverpool have matured this year to add another cutting edge to their play that's reaped rewards for Klopp's side. SI.com, "Alisson Reveals the Tactical Change Which Led to Liverpool's Champions League Win," 9 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of swashbuckling

circa 1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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