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swan

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Birds
swanswan1 /swΙ’n $ swɑːn/ noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š HBBa large white bird with a long neck that lives on rivers and lakes
Examples from the Corpus
swanβ€’ Apparently the ballerina Pavlova came here to learn to dance like a swan for the ballet Swan Lake.β€’ Or a swan of a son?β€’ Down in the Mootwalk a woman laughed and from the water a swan gave its harsh, grating cry.β€’ Mute swan, stately and serene, are present all the year.β€’ We know that swans are strong and violent and can attack you.β€’ But for the time being conservationists everywhere are happy to know that the swans and the anglers are no longer rivers apart.β€’ The swans in the Krasinski Garden were out on the lake and children were throwing bread crumbs to them.
swanswan2 verb (swanned, swanning) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š British English informalRELAXEDTRAVEL to enjoy yourself and behave in a relaxed way that is annoying to other peopleswan off/around πŸ”Š He’s gone swanning off to Rome for the weekend!β†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
swanβ€’ But no time for swanning around at the pub.β€’ And swanning into town ... the other Royal family comes home.β€’ So we Limeys swanned off sniffily to the wings, where we did make an impression.β€’ And people like Greg Allman and Cher were swanning past us.swan off/aroundβ€’ But no time for swanning around at the pub.β€’ The last thing she needed tonight was Victoria swanning around looking like a juvenile femmefatale.β€’ So we Limeys swanned off sniffily to the wings, where we did make an impression.
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Verb table
swan
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyswan
he, she, itswans
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyswanned
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave swanned
he, she, ithas swanned
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad swanned
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill swan
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have swanned
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam swanning
he, she, itis swanning
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you, we, theyare swanning
Past
I, he, she, itwas swanning
you, we, theywere swanning
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been swanning
he, she, ithas been swanning
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been swanning
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be swanning
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been swanning
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