swear out


swore out; sworn out; swearing out; swears out

transitive verb

: to procure (a warrant for arrest) by making a sworn accusation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Once the province solely of the police and fire departments, the city’s inspection crew, through the Property Standards Division, can now get involved in a process in which people can swear out complaints after the fact. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2022 However, the police still chose to swear out misdemeanor complaints in 37th District Court against Cleveland Harville and others. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 25 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swear out was in 1850

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“Swear out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swear%20out. Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Legal Definition

swear out

transitive verb
: to procure (a warrant) by making a sworn statement
also : to make (a sworn affidavit) to procure a warrant
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