- 1Cause or allow (something, especially food or drink) to pass down the throat: she swallowed a mouthful slowlyMás ejemplos en oraciones
eat, gulp down, consume, devour, eat up, put away, gobble (up), bolt (down), wolf down, stuff down, gorge oneself on, feast on, polish off; ingest, assimilatedrink, gulp down, guzzle, quaff, imbibe, sup, slurp, suck, sipBritish • informal neckNorth American • informal chug
- On Saturday, December 4, she discovered she could not swallow food or drink, and the next day her husband took her to casualty at Pontefract.
- When he felt the man's hand lifting his head, he swallowed whatever food or drink he was given.
- Normally I like to have a beer or more but the sensation in the back of my throat when I swallowed beer this time was really strange.
- 1.1 [no object] Perform the muscular movement of the oesophagus required to do this, especially through fear or nervousness: she swallowed hard, sniffing back her tearsMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Saran swallowed, fear and nervousness suddenly finding their way back.
- Being about thirty feet from the ground, Raiana slowly looked down, and swallowed hard, her fear of heights kicking in.
- Micah swallowed hard to control the fear inside of her.
- 1.2Put up with or meekly accept (something unwelcome): he seemed ready to swallow any insultMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Do they assume that women who practise faith are a docile lot, meekly swallowing the built-in injustices in their respective religions?
- ‘Get on with it,’ Blancard pushed, swallowing the insult he had been about ready to spout off at her.
- Apparently, these broadcasters believe that listeners are incapable of handling subversive music, but are ready to swallow euphemisms.
- 1.3Believe unquestioningly (a lie or unlikely assertion): she had swallowed his story hook, line, and sinkerMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The crook-Conservatives lie to the idiot-conservatives who swallow the lies hook, line and sinker.
- They've realised that Jonathan Swift was close to the truth when he said that ‘all politicians ultimately die of swallowing their own lies’.
- Big media, with a few honorable exceptions, are respectfully swallowing the big lies.
- 1.4Resist expressing (a feeling) or uttering (words): he swallowed his prideMás ejemplos en oraciones
restrain, repress, hold back, choke back, keep back, hold in, bite back, suppress, fight back; overcome, check, conquer, control, keep under control, keep in check, curb, rein in, contain; silence, muffle, stifle, smother, strangle, gag, hide, bottle up, inhibit, frustrate; bite one's lip
- He bravely helps his master and swallows his utter hatred of Smeagol long enough for them to use the creature as a guide.
- Depressed, we bit our tongue, swallowed our pride and voted Libertarian.
- Maybe my life would change for the better if I bit my tongue, swallowed my pride and didn't rise to any form of bait.
- 2Take in and cause to disappear; engulf: the dark mist swallowed her upMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The child, like so many thousands of others in a tragedy unfolding across 10 countries, disappeared, swallowed by a sea that had not been so cruel for more than a century.
- An explosion of smoke engulfed him, swallowing his body in a flume of colors.
- The night swallowed him as he disappeared into the trees.
- 2.1Completely use up (money or resources): debts swallowed up most of the money he had got for the houseMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Unfortunately, most of the money is swallowed up in bureaucracy and the production of meaningless consultancy reports which benefit nobody.
- Tshwete should also explain in detail ‘how many resources were swallowed up by what was always a wild-goose chase’.
- The Met were rightfully hammered and shaken up into a better police force although sadly most of the compensation was swallowed up by feverish vain legal teams.
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- 1An act of swallowing something, especially food or drink: he downed his drink in one swallowMás ejemplos en oraciones
- He handed me his glass and I drank down his last swallow.
- In another, the sufferer drinks several swallows of water while an accomplice presses on both ear flaps (technically called the tragus).
- Their glasses clinked lightly, and then they both drank several swallows.
- 1.1An amount of something swallowed in one action: a swallow of beerMás ejemplos en oraciones
- He took a swallow of Tab and rose, taking his bowl to the sink.
- He took a deep breath and a swallow of water from his mug.
- Thilda shrugged her shoulders and took a swallow of her mead.
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- But if anything, people seemed to appreciate us putting the text in a more swallowable form.
- ‘Right now we're developing these chips for brain stimulators, bladder control devices, and even a swallowable camera,’ notes Pelletier.
- Dr. Annette Smith and colleagues at the University College London have successfully tested in humans a small swallowable gut camera that can be steered around in the gut.
Old English swelgan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwelgen and German schwelgen.
- A migratory swift-flying songbird with a forked tail and long pointed wings, feeding on insects in flight. Compare with woodswallow.
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- Family Hirundinidae: several genera, in particular Hirundo, and numerous species, e.g. the widespread H. rustica (North American name: barn swallow)
- The central aim of our study was to demonstrate that both natural and sexual selection have been important in shaping the tail streamer of the barn swallow.
- Most studies trying to identify the function of external tail feathers in the barn swallow have focused on males; much less attention has been paid to females.
- The barn swallow is an approximately 20-g passerine, migratory bird that feeds on flying insects captured on the wing.
one swallow does not make a summer
- • proverb A single fortunate event doesn’t mean that what follows will also be good.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- One swallow does not make a summer, even if this series made ours.
- When Sligo Rovers defeated Galway I thought to myself that one swallow does not make a summer and the game against Dundalk would be the acid test.
- A lot of my horses have been wrong, but hopefully we are on the way back - though one swallow does not make a summer.
Old English swealwe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwaluw and German Schwalbe.