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all (one's) geese are swans

One is overexaggerating and not in touch with reality. Geese and swans are quite different, so to think they are the same is a stretch of the truth. I can't listen to another one of Tiffany's stories that cast her as the adored heroine. All her geese are swans if she thinks everyone at work likes her!
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*graceful as a swan

very graceful. (*Also: as ∼.) The boat glided out onto the lake as graceful as a swan. Jane is graceful as a swan.
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I swan!

Rur. What a surprise! Well, I swan! I didn't expect to see you here! Tom: I hear Charlie just won a thousand dollars! Jane: I swan!

swan song

Fig. the last work or performance of a playwright, musician, actor, etc., before death or retirement. His portrayal of Lear was the actor's swan song. We didn't know that her performance last night was the singer's swan song.
See also: song, swan

swan song

A final accomplishment or performance, one's last work. For example, I'm resigning tomorrow; this project was my swan song. This term alludes to the old belief that swans normally are mute but burst into beautiful song moments before they die. Although the idea is much older, the term was first recorded in English only in 1890.
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swan song

Last effort. An ancient belief held that swans, who are usually silent, burst into beautiful song with their dying breaths. As a phrase, “swan song” connotes a last burst of energy before expiring.
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Mr Barber said: "The most disappointing news affecting the Thames's swans is the continuing increase in the number of swans and cygnets being shot with air guns.
The adult swan has a good prognosis and, weather dependent, the aim is to release it in the next few days,'' she continued.
The swan was lethargic and he could see blood on the bird.
She ran back, came to heel, lowered her hindquarters and held what she could of the swan off the ground.
The RSPCA took the injured male swan to Macarthur, Barstow and Gibbs vets in Worcester where they removed six pellets from his neck and beak, but it sadly lost an eye.
to flee a advance She said: "I didn't see the swan this morningbut yes-She said: "I didn't see the swan this morning, but yesterday evening, my friend was on the bridge and he was eating and the swan just randomly started biting off his jeans.
They have just two minutes to transform themselves into swans by putting on their swan legs, covering their bodies with white paint and applying black eyeshadow and a diamond shape on their foreheads to represent the swan's beak.
Several concerned residents contacted the RSPCA after the suspected attack on the swan, part of a nesting pair that had settled on parkland just off East Lancashire Road in Norris Green.
40pm police received a report that the adult swan had been hit by a passing car and had died of her injuries.
At that time, I grabbed my phone and went into the kitchen to see what was out there," Swan told WMBD 31 news as he recounted the details of that fateful night on March 8.
June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by its bold style and unexpected quality, Black Swan Wines is celebrating dare-to-be-unique fashion around the country by partnering with America's favorite swap hostesses, The Swapaholics of Swap.
The Maxi and Classic divisions set off on coastal courses through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago in approximately 15 knots of south-easterly breeze while the Swan 45 and Swan 42 classes raced windward/ leewards on the waters off Porto Cervo.
Chapter 2, "Grace and Favour" is based on human observations of swans and begins with some of the early taxonomic works with some emphasis on illustrations of swans that accompanied the texts.
With 63 swan sculptures located throughout the greater Hattiesburg area, the vast majority of our citizens come into contact with the sculptures every day," said Cultural Development Director for the Area Development Partnership (ADP) Jack Kyle.
A SWAN has been shot dead at one of Cardiffs most popular parks.