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swish around

[for a fluid] to slosh or rush around. All that water I drank is swishing around in my stomach. I can hear the water swishing around in the pipes.
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swish something off (of) someone or something

 and swish something off
to brush something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The barber swished the loose hairs off of Paul's collar. The barber swished off the loose hairs.
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1. mod. overly fancy; effeminate; displaying effeminacy. The lobby of the theater was a little swish, but not offensive.
2. n. elaborate decoration; effeminacy. What this place needs is more swish. Hang some baubles here and there.
3. n. a gay male. (Rude and derogatory.) This place is full of swishes. Let’s leave.
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In addition to fears of being associated with swishes, some ONE readers criticized swishes on grounds of individual maturity.
ONE editor and business manager Dorr Legg, similarly, considered swishes "neurotic" and argued that swishing was anachronistic and overly reminiscent of the stereotypes advanced by nineteenth-century sexologists who confused homosexuals with transvestites and hermaphrodites.
Homophile attitudes towards swishes mirrored the two dominant heterosexual attitudes towards homosexuals.
25) According to this liberal view, passing gay men should teach swishes how to pass as heterosexual more effectively.
At the same time, physique publications reinforced an explicitly masculine postwar iconic representation of male homosexuality, furthering the impression that swishes were out of step with the more middle-class character of postwar gay identity.
For many swishes, swishing simply felt "natural" and authentic to them.
Several self-identified swishes wrote letters to ONE in a camp linguistic style.
June's letter is also notable because it came from a small town; swishes were usually associated with large cities.
Readers accused swishes of trying to "take over" the magazine when contents seemed too swishy.
Facing ostracism from other gay people as well as from the rest of society, some swishes internalized the prejudices directed against them.
Despite the calm assurances from liberal-minded passing gay men that swishes could be taught to pass, John's letter described how traumatic this process could be.