swear on one's mother's grave

Definition of swear on one's mother's grave

used to stress that one is being absolutely honest
  • I didn't do anything wrong. I swear (on my mother's grave).

Word by Word Definitions

swear play
  1. : to utter or take solemnly (an oath)

  2. : to assert as true or promise under oath

  3. : to assert or promise emphatically or earnestly

  1. : oath, swear word

grave play
  1. : dig, excavate

  2. : to carve or shape with a chisel : sculpture

  3. : to carve or cut (something, such as letters or figures) into a hard surface : engrave

  1. : an excavation (see excavation 2) for burial of a body

  2. : death

  3. : death

  1. : to clean and pay with pitch

  1. : authoritative, weighty

  2. : meriting serious consideration : important

  3. : likely to produce great harm or danger

  1. : a grave accent ` used to show that a vowel is pronounced with a fall of pitch (as in ancient Greek), that a vowel has a certain quality (such as è in French), that a final e is stressed and close and that a final o is stressed and low (as in Italian), that a syllable has a degree of stress between maximum and minimum (as in phonetic transcription), or that the e of the English ending -ed is to be pronounced (as in "this cursèd day")

  1. : slowly and solemnly


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