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  • n  an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
  • v  study intensively, as before an exam

  • To his classmates at Harrow, George Macaulay Trevelyan seemed, as he himself tells it, like "a 'swot' of the worst kind .
  • At school I was a swot, into books.
  • With their sharp teeth and long, muscular tail that can swot an errant ape from a couple of feet away, langurs are scary to humans not just a smaller rhesus monkey.
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  • Andrew Davies in WalesOnline
    Andrew Davies said: "I'd be flattered if they asked. Mind you, I'd have to swot up to see what the Doctor would be allowed to do."
  • John Howard in Brisbane Times
    Indeed, John Howard told dinner guests at the Lodge in 2005 that "Australians will never vote for Kevin Rudd because he comes across as the class swot."

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