How well does a swimmer swim when they are irritated, I wondered, and how differently does one swim when one is in love?
Christina was an A student; she was a dancer; she was a gymnast; she was a swimmer.
The Olympic swimmer has reportedly received more than one offer to design a fashion line.
The swimmer took home the gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay, earning him his 19th trip to the medal podium.
You may not be able to sleep with Ryan Lochte, the Olympic swimmer and ubiquitous grinning presence at New York Fashion Week.
But every ounce tells heavily on a swimmer, and Frank gave a gasp of relief as at last his feet touched the ground.
What could the negro want with a knife, if his object was to give help to the swimmer?
When the twilight shadows deepened, the swimmer would speed far ahead of the accompanying canoe.
When such a swimmer had given it up, Ben knew it was hopeless.
It presses softly against the swimmer, and the men in the boat head slowly for the shore.
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]