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An act of changing to or adopting one thing in place of another
“The newspaper said on Friday that the switch would take place on October 16.”
A device for making and breaking the connection in an electric circuit
“To her surprise, the power switch was on and when she moved the mouse, the screen lit up.”
A slender, flexible shoot cut from a tree
“I've been hit with slippers, with a dustpan, with a switch cut from the cherry tree in our backyard.”
A long thin or flexible tool for striking
“… struck the horse's hide with a leather switch, and it took off at a gallop.”
A quick jerky movement from side to side or up and down
“… that telltale switch of the cat's tail meant there was a mouse under the piano.”
A hard strike with a part of the body or an instrument
“… in frustration, he gave the mule a sharp switch on the rump, but it still wouldn't budge.”
An exchange or swap
Change, exchange
“The two of us decided this was a good time to switch roles; he would be the hoist operator, and I would be the swimmer.”
Change the position, direction, or focus of
“Eventually I managed to switch the conversation to them and their lives and we spent the rest of our dinner conversation spotlighting them.”
To move from side to side or up and down with quick jerky motions
“… cows lazily switching their tails and chewing their cud.”
To strike repeatedly with something long and thin or flexible
“… switched the stagecoach horses to control the direction they took.”
To strike repeatedly
“… the loose rigging switched the mast during the storm.”
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