When his swagger is exhausted he drivels into erotic poetry or sentimental uxoriousness; and the Tennysonian King Arthur posing as Guinevere becomes Don Quixote grovelling before Dulcinea.
But when the crisis is over he takes his revenge, swaggering as the breadwinner, and speaking of Woman’s "sphere" with condescension, even with chivalry, as if the kitchen and the nursery were less important than the office in the city.
Call him tyrant, murderer, pirate, bully; and he will adore you, and swagger about with the consciousness of having the blood of the old sea kings in his veins.
When I married Ana’s mother—or perhaps, to be strictly correct, I should rather say when I at last gave in and allowed Ana’s mother to marry me—I knew that I was planting thorns in my pillow, and that marriage for me, a swaggering young officer thitherto unvanquished, meant defeat and capture.
This chief, seated in the centre of the group on a squared block of stone from the quarry, is a tall strong man, with a striking cockatoo nose, glossy black hair, pointed beard, upturned moustache, and a Mephistophelean affectation which is fairly imposing, perhaps because the scenery admits of a larger swagger than Piccadilly, perhaps because of a certain sentimentality in the man which gives him that touch of grace which alone can excuse deliberate picturesqueness.
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The team swaggered onto the court—full of confidence.
The cowboy swaggered into the saloon with his holster unstrapped.