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Language: Old English
Origin: swillan


1 verb
Related topics: Drink, Cleaning
1DHC [transitive] British English to wash something by pouring a lot of water over it or into it
swill something away/down/out
Get a bucket to swill the yard down.
2 [intransitive and transitive] if a liquid swills around or you swill it around, it moves around something
swill around/round
He swilled his brandy gently round his glass.
3DFD [transitive] also swill down informal to drink something in large amounts:
He does nothing but swill beer all day.

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