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Don't swap horses at midstream.

1. Proverb Do not try to choose or back a different political figure for an election after the decision has already been made or the position filled. Many people are dissatisfied with the senator's performance but will likely carry his party's support through to the next election—don't swap horses at midstream, as the saying goes.
2. Proverb By extension, do not make major changes to a situation or course of action that is already underway. I'm really not confident in the strength of my essay, but I guess I just have to see this one through at this point. Like they say, don't swap horses at midstream.
See also: horse, swap

Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream.

1. Proverb Do not try to choose or back a different political figure for an election after the decision has already been made or the position filled. Many people are dissatisfied with the senator's performance but will likely carry his party's support through to the next election—don't swap horses in the middle of the stream, as the saying goes.
2. Proverb By extension, do not make major changes to a situation or course of action that is already underway. I'm really not confident in the strength of my essay, but I guess I just have to see this one through at this point. Like they say, don't swap horses in the middle of the stream.
See also: horse, middle, of, swap

Don't swap horses in the middle of the river.

1. Proverb Do not try to choose or back a different political figure for an election after the decision has already been made or the position filled. Many people are dissatisfied with the senator's performance but will likely carry his party's support through to the next election—don't swap horses in the middle of the river, as the saying goes.
2. Proverb By extension, do not make major changes to a situation or course of action that is already underway. I'm really not confident in the strength of my essay, but I guess I just have to see this one through at this point. Like they say, don't swap horses in the middle of the river.
See also: horse, middle, of, swap

swap horses in midstream

1. To choose a new leader during a period of upheaval or uncertainty. The prime minister has been at the helm throughout the crisis. I just don't think we should swap horses in midstream.
2. To make major changes to a situation or course of action that is already underway. We're about to close on the house, and my husband suddenly wants to swap horses in midstream and look at another property!
See also: horse, midstream, swap

swap notes (on someone or something)

to share information on someone or something. The two girls sat around swapping notes on guys they knew. The mechanics were swapping notes on rude customers they had dealt with in the last month.
See also: note, swap

swap someone or something for (someone or something else)

to trade someone or something for someone or something else. I will swap my shortstop for your second baseman. There are times when I would gladly swap you for a new careven an old car!
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swap someone or something with someone

to exchange a person or thing for someone else's person or thing. The representatives of the two countries swapped spies with each other. Can I swap jackets with you?
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swap with someone

to exchange someone or something with someone. I like yours better. I'll swap with you. If you don't want the sandwich you have, I will swap with you.
See also: swap

change horses in midstream, don't

Also, don't swap horses in midstream. It's unwise to alter methods or choose new leaders during a crisis, as in I don't hold with getting a new manager right now-let's not swap horses in midstream. This expression was popularized (although not originated) by Abraham Lincoln in a speech in 1864 when he discovered that the National Union League was supporting him for a second term as President.
See also: change, horse

swap around

v.
1. To exchange some set of things, moving each into the position of another: I swapped the screws around in the holes until I had them all in the right places. We bought several books from the bookstore and swapped them around between us.
2. To trade places: We each wanted to sit on the other side of the table, so we swapped around. I asked the man sitting in the window seat if he would swap around with me so I could see the ocean.
See also: around, swap

swap out

v.
To remove something and replace or exchange it: The program swapped out the contents of memory to make space for more data. I swapped the memory card out for a newer one.
See also: out, swap

swap over

v.
1. To exchange a part with some similar part: She swapped the flashlight's batteries over to see if the bulb had burned out. He swapped over the memory card for a new one.
2. Chiefly British To exchange positions or functions: When we reach London, let's swap over; you drive and I'll read the map.
See also: swap

swap notes (on someone or something)

tv. to share information on someone or something. The mechanics were swapping notes on rude customers they had dealt with in the past month.
See also: note, on, swap

swap notes

verb
See also: note, swap

swap spits

tv. to kiss with someone. Tiffany and Wilbur were off somewhere swapping spits, I guess.
See also: spit, swap
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Once a match is made, WebSwap's easy-to-use interface walks swappers through the steps of making an offer, negotiating the terms and closing the deal.
Although swapping doesn't require money, WebSwap provides consumers with maximum flexibility by allowing swappers to use money as a &uot;swap equalizer,&uot; or they may simply buy an item they want outright with a money transaction.
Would-be home swappers are introduced to each other by exchange agencies who levy fees of around pounds 30 to pounds 100 then use the internet to advertise the homes available.
We will continue to organise regular events to spread awareness, gather more books, and increase the number of swappers," Primo said.
This is a chance for fashionistas and fun seekers across the North East to come and enjoy a great day out and I'm sure the handful of lucky swappers who walk away with a celebrity item will be left with an extra special memory.
com, a Web site where would-be swappers can find each other.
The dramaturge I worked with for 10 years insisted that I not be known as a gay playwright," explains the Los Angeles-based writer, whose slice-of-life comedies include Pot Morn, Wife Swappers, and Happytime Xmas.
Knuckleball pitcher Jim Bouton ripped the lid off of professional baseball's Ward Cleaver packaging with his pussy-and-pills 1970 memoir Ball Four; two years later Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich became the most famous wife swappers in the country.
When the Recording Industry Association of America first clamped down on online file swappers who exchange copyrighted media using services such as Kazaa and Gnutella at home and in school, they sued hundreds of violators, at least one as young as 12.
If, ontheotherhand,youare right, and they are swappers, that's really their business.
A new wave of lawsuits is being prepared against the most prolific internet song swappers as part of an expanding global crackdown on internet piracy.
Cary Sherman, Recording Industry Association of America, on lawsuits against music rite swappers.
The first 100 swappers will receive a free Merlin Sticker book, but everyone swapping stickers will be entered into a draw (to be held at 5pm ) for one of 30 unique McDonald's Millennium Watches.
com, the largest community of swappers both online and in communities across the country, to encourage swaps of all kinds.