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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

change/swap horses in midˈstream

change to a different or new activity while you are in the middle of something else; change from supporting one person or thing to another: ‘I don’t believe in changing horses in midstream,’ he said. ‘Give this policy a chance before you think of changing it.’
See also: change, horse, midstream, swap

change/swap ˈplaces (with somebody)

(of two people, groups, etc.) exchange seats, positions, situations, etc: The Smiths can afford to go away a lot because they haven’t got a family to bring up. But I wouldn’t want to change places with them.Can you see the whiteboard where you are, or would you like to swap places?
See also: change, place, swap

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: over, 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, something, 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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In the case of currency swaps, indicative prices are often stated as mid-rates to which some number of basis points is added or subtracted depending on whether the swap dealer is the receiver or payer of the fixed rate.
The collateral stored at the CME Depository will minimize credit risk between the swap counterparties in an environment in which collateral increasingly has become a requirement of any swaps transaction.
Ziff, ISDA executive director, said: "The benefits that this bill poses to a wide variety of swap counterparties is substantial.
After the swap, the two stylists return to their home salons armed with some additional tricks of the trade, new friends, a renewed respect for their craft .
According to Goswell, FpML has undergone a thorough review to determine its suitability to communicate swap trades between investment managers and custodians.
To test the structure and adequacy of reserves, Fitch evaluated several stress scenarios including an event of a default by either UBS, FGU, or the swap counterparty (see description below).
These deals include new money issues, current and advanced refundings (transactions involving replacing higher-interest bonds with lower-interest ones), and interest-rate swaps.
You enter into a swap with a swap counterparty, using the equities it wants to allocate to a different asset class.
That definition includes traditional instruments such as receivables, payables, debt securities and common stock, as well as more innovative financial instruments such as financial futures and forward contracts, interest rate swaps and caps, collateralized mortgage obligations and financial guarantees.
com, the largest community of swappers both online and in communities across the country, to encourage swaps of all kinds.
15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, today announced 20 new petroleum product swaps futures contracts, including a Brent CFD contract, European premium gasoline contracts, fuel oil contracts, Asian propane contracts, and balance-of-month (BALMO) futures contracts on ClearPort(R), beginning on December 21 for trade date December 22.
While one accounting regulation permits companies to defer gains and losses on futures contracts hedging anticipated interest-rate and commodity price risks, another prohibits deferrals on foreign-currency forwards and swaps for hedging anticipated foreign-currency transactions.
After a period of reflection, the IRS has ruled that income earned on interest rate swaps and currency swaps by exempt organizations will not be subject to the unrelated business income tax (UBIT).
com, the leading swap marketplace, today announced that it has joined forces with The Swapaholics, the leading organizer of national clothing and beauty product swaps, to expand into the women's fashion market.