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 for To swear the peace against one
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swear \Swear\, v. t.
     1. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the
        truth of the declaration; to make (a promise, threat, or
        resolve) under oath.
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              Swear unto me here by God, that thou wilt not deal
              falsely with me.                      --Gen. xxi.
                                                    23.
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              He swore consent to your succession.  --Shak.
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     2. (Law) To put to an oath; to cause to take an oath; to
        administer an oath to; -- ofetn followed by in or into;
        as, to swear witnesses; to swear a jury; to swear in an
        officer; he was sworn into office.
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     3. To declare or charge upon oath; as, he swore treason
        against his friend. --Johnson.
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     4. To appeal to by an oath.
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              Now, by Apollo, king,
              Thou swear'st thy gods in vain.       --Shak.
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     To swear the peace against one, to make oath that one is
        under the actual fear of death or bodily harm from the
        person, in which case the person must find sureties that
        he will keep the peace.
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