You can only work with these things so long before the words start to swim in your head.
The mother was scheduled to take her 3-year-old to swim class.
Karate lasted about a week and the swim team didn't last past the first lap.
Because women cannot swim freely, tourists from around the world just stay away.
How well does a swimmer swim when they are irritated, I wondered, and how differently does one swim when one is in love?
Sim could not swim, and he began to flop about in the wildest and most unreasonable manner.
He sprang to his feet, plunged into the water, and began to swim to the shore.
Another half-hour, and—unless help arrived—every passenger must swim for it.
They swim wide rivers and even lakes which may lie in their way.
But he was tired after his swim, and his wool was heavy with 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]