swim

[ swim ]
/ swɪm /

verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.

verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.

noun

an act, instance, or period of swimming.
a motion as of swimming; a smooth, gliding movement.

Idioms

    in the swim, alert to or actively engaged in events; in the thick of things: Despite her age, she is still in the swim.

Origin of swim

before 900; Middle English swimmen, Old English swimman; cognate with Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen, Old Norse svimma
Related formsswim·ma·ble, adjectiveswim·mer, nounnon·swim·mer, nounout·swim, verb, out·swam, out·swum, out·swim·ming.
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British Dictionary definitions for in the swim

swim

/ (swɪm) /

verb swims, swimming, swam or swum

noun

Derived Formsswimmable, adjectiveswimmer, nounswimming, noun, adjective

Word Origin for swim

Old English swimman; related to Old Norse svima, German schwimmen, Gothic swumsl pond, Norwegian svamla to paddle
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Idioms and Phrases with in the swim (1 of 2)

in the swim


Actively participating, in the thick of things, as in He was new in town, but he soon got in the swim at school. This expression alludes to the fishing term for a large number of fish in one area, a so-called swim. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with in the swim (2 of 2)

swim


In addition to the idioms beginning with swim

  • swim against the current
  • swim with the tide

also see:

  • in the swim
  • sink or swim
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