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Andrew paused in the shallows to allow Sally one swallow; then he went on.

And the amount of stories Mark, with all his contemplativeness could swallow, was amazing.

Again, Garson was forced to wet his lips with a dry tongue, and to swallow painfully.

He was just in time to swallow a hurried meal and set off to the theatre with the Creams.

And yet you have only skimmed the beautiful river's surface as a swallow skims a lake.

The intention, evidently, was to swallow us all in the enormous maw of the British navy.

I treated them to a breakfast each, and gave them as much to drink as they could swallow.

And as Corkran would have said, it takes more than one swallow to make a speech.

All at once, his hunger left him and he forgot that he ever wanted to swallow anything.

He takes it for granted I swallow whole everything he says and does—but I don't.

WORD ORIGIN

"take in through the throat," Old English swelgan (class III strong verb; past tense swealg, past participle swolgen), from Proto-Germanic *swelkh-/*swelg- (cf. Old Saxon farswelgan, Old Norse svelgja "to swallow," Middle Dutch swelghen, Dutch zwelgen "to gulp, swallow," Old High German swelahan "to swallow," German schwelgen "to revel"), probably from PIE base *swel- (1) "to eat, drink." Cognate with Old Norse svelgr "whirlpool," literally "devourer, swallower." Sense of "consume, destroy" is attested from mid-14c. Meaning "to accept without question" is from 1590s. Related: Swallowed; swallowing. The noun meaning "an act of swallowing" is recorded from 1822.

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