- 1British Wash or rinse out (an area or container) by pouring large amounts of water or other liquid over or into it: I swilled out the mugMore example sentences
- She scraped her untouched food into a black plastic rubbish sack and swilled the plate in a bowl of cold water in the sink.
- Add the tinned tomatoes and swill out the tin with some stock or water
- He preferred to spend his day swilling out the changing rooms in the leisure centre
- 1.1Cause (liquid) to swirl round in a container or cavity: she gently swilled her brandy round her glassMore example sentences
- The waiter pours a glass of cognac, lights it, swills the flaming liquid around the glass, then tips it out.
- He took a sip from his glass and swilled the brandy around in his mouth
- He was befuddled as he swilled the tea around in his mug
- 1.2 [no object, with adverbial] (Of a liquid) move or splash about over a surface: the icy water swilled round usMore example sentences
- A week's rainfall fell overnight, almost a normal month's total rained down over the week, and mountains of water came swilling down on Ilkley from the moors.
- There is concern about members of public going into the site, particularly if there is water swilling around it.
- For 10 days, they carried on with their lives while the polluted waters of the River Ouse swilled around the ground floor of the family's three-storey Victorian home in Friar Terrace in York.
- 2 • informal Drink (something) greedily or in large quantities: they whiled away their evening swilling pints of bitter (as adjective, in combination swilling) his beer-swilling palsMore example sentences
- I worked it over, and couldn't avoid the conclusion that Jeff spent every evening swilling bourbon on my couch because I was his only friend.
- He swills beer, smokes the odd fag or two and is perhaps ever so slightly overweight.
- He shook his head after swilling another synthetic beer.
- 2.1Accompany (food) with large quantities of drink: a feast swilled down with pints of ciderMore example sentences
- Traditional Thai food was swilled down with a never-ending supply of cola and followed by ice cream.
- ‘This is awfully thoughtful of you,’ I said to the girl dispensing the pills as I swilled down a handful.
- This appalling litter problem is mainly caused by the unpleasant habit of so many people now who eat their meals in the street, swill them down with a can of drink and then finish off with the inevitable cigarette.
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- 1 [mass noun] Kitchen refuse and scraps of waste food mixed with water for feeding to pigs.More example sentences
- Government yesterday also placed an immediate ban on swill (kitchen refuse) bought from ships after it was established that the disease was carried in pig feed.
- Most of its kitchens did not provide swill because it was too much trouble to separate suitable food from other waste.
- Called swill or slop, this waste is used to feed pigs and other animals by farmers who were happy to get the cheap food.
- 1.1 • informal Alcohol of inferior quality: the beer was just warm swillMore example sentences
- Some can produce individual wines of the highest quality, and they rarely produce undrinkable swill.
- Always compliment her favorite wine, no matter what cheap swill she likes, and you are well on your way to exchanging phone numbers by the end of the night.
- All they are guilty of trying to do is make wine taste a little better than the eye-watering, gout-inducing swill that it usually is.
- 2 • informal A large mouthful of a drink: a swill of aleMore example sentences
- After taking deep swills of brandy from his flask, they shook hands and were off.
- Ignoring his wife's concern, he took a large swill of the drink and savored the malted barley on his bitter tongue.
- They both then paused, an awkward moment stepping into their time as they took a small swill from their drinks.
- [usually in combination]: beer-swillersMore example sentences
- It seems that our island castle has more than a few educated swillers from nearby colleges and universities.
- Although, I've been warned that the majority of the 12 lads are not big swillers (US: drinkers), I've met a couple of them before who do like a drop.
- Like a seasoned swiller's gut, the International Beer Festival keeps on growing.
Old English swillan, swilian (verb), of unknown origin. The noun dates from the mid 16th century.