Born in Los Angeles with dual French and American citizenship, she swam before she walked.
The timing that served Pastras so well that he swam in the 2004 Athens Olympics at the age of just 18 has deserted him.
The Fab Four swam up out of the developing bath, youngsters again on the verge of everything.
My friend, her boyfriend, and I woke up to find a wild, empty beach where we sunbathed, swam naked, and laughed all day.
Fifty percent of them believed they actually went to Sea World and swam with whales.
Then she feared he might be stunned, so she swam to him and dragged him to the shore.
Now as he swam about before the cave he was aware again of a shadow above him.
Springing into the river, I swam with others into the middle of the stream, the rebels failing to hit us.
Father Hennepin often divested himself of his clothes, bound them upon his head, and swam across these streams.
Over the vast, smooth swells he swam easily, his graceful, high head out of water.
Old English swimman "to move in or on the water, float" (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle swummen), from Proto-Germanic *swemjanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German swimman, Old Norse svimma, Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen), from PIE root *swem- "to be in motion."
The root is sometimes said to be restricted to Germanic, but possible cognates are Welsh chwyf "motion," Old Irish do-sennaim "I hunt," Lithuanian sundyti "to chase." For the usual Indo-European word, see natatorium. Sense of "reel or move unsteadily" first recorded 1670s; of the head or brain, from 1702. Figurative phrase sink or swim is attested from mid-15c., often with reference to ordeals of suspected witches.
1540s, "the clear part of any liquid" (above the sediment), from swim (v.). Meaning "part of a river or stream frequented by fish" (and hence fishermen) is from 1828, and is probably the source of the figurative meaning "the current of the latest affairs or events" (1869).
To perform well; succeed; fly: I didn't think the Harptones quite swam last time I saw them
[1970s+; perhaps fr sink or swim]