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  1. (verb-transitive) To cause (food or drink, for example) to pass through the mouth and throat into the stomach.
  2. (verb-transitive) To put up with (something unpleasant): swallowed the insults and kept on working.
  3. (verb-transitive) To refrain from expressing; suppress: swallow one's feelings.
  4. (verb-transitive) To consume or destroy as if by ingestion; devour: a building that was swallowed up by fire.
  5. (verb-transitive) Slang To believe without question: swallowed the alibi.
  6. (verb-transitive) To take back; retract: swallow one's words.
  7. (verb-transitive) To say inarticulately; mumble: The actor swallowed his lines.
  8. (verb-intransitive) To perform the act of swallowing.
  9. (noun) The act of swallowing.
  10. (noun) An amount swallowed.
  11. (noun) Nautical The channel through which a rope runs in a block or a mooring chock.
  12. (noun) Any of various small graceful swift-flying passerine birds of the family Hirundinidae, having long pointed wings, a usually notched or forked tail, and a large mouth for catching flying insects and noted for their regular migrations in large numbers, often over long distances.
  13. (noun) Any of various similar birds, such as a swift.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. The silver lining of the spring made its words much easier to catch when it said anything -- for I should tell you that for the most part now it did not speak, or not in any language that I could understand, but rather sang -- and it now said, "Swallow swallow, drink, swallow." - The Five Jars
  2. Mind you the title swallow diluted the fun of the ad-Breakfast would have done. - swallow
  3. The approach here being that the biggest pill we have to swallow is the concept itself – a town plagued with zombie-like lunatics. - [REVIEW] The Crazies « Giant Killer Squid - Film, Comics, News, Reviews and more
  4. Equally hard to swallow is the claim that most Egyptian citizens, including those who are close to the opposition, reject international monitoring as an infringement on national sovereignty and an unwanted intervention in domestic affairs. - Amr Hamzawy: Does Egypt Need International Election Observers?
  5. That might be good policy, and the public option might make the mandate a whole lot easier to swallow from a political standpoint, but how can you possibly parse that interpretation out of the Constitution? - The Volokh Conspiracy » A Better Question


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