swallow down


Also found in: Dictionary.

swallow down

1. To eat or drink something, especially very quickly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swallow" and "down." The hungry child sat at the table swallowing down anything he could get his hands on. You're going to get brain freeze if you keep swallowing your milkshake down like that!
2. To accept some fact, information, news, etc., especially that which is unpleasant, difficult, or undesirable. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swallow" and "down." I know this news might be hard to swallow down, but there's no way we can avoid going into liquidation at this point. Dictatorships and corrupt governments manipulate and force people to swallow misinformation down without question.
See also: down, swallow

swallow something down

to swallow something. Here, take this pill and swallow it down. Liz swallowed down the pill.
See also: down, swallow
References in periodicals archive ?
That's the sort of luck you have to swallow down near the foot of the table.
She rallied, though, for her final dish, managing to swallow down a morsel of rat's tail - which defeated wine expert Jilly Goolden earlier in the series - to secure a full meal for the camp.
Salvation may be at hand for football's wild-child-become-old-soak in the anti-rejection drugs he'll now have to swallow down each day.
These lawyers and men of learning, and moneyed men, that talk so finely and gloss over matters so smoothly, to make us poor illiterate people swallow down the pill, expect to get into Congress themselves, they expect to be managers of this Constitution, and get all the power and all the money into their own hands, and they will swallow up all us little folks like the great Leviathan.
I mean that I can't deal with my stress and watch my weight/be good because I'm too busy trying to swallow down worry.
However Saturday's race is a furlong and a half further than he has even been before and the pace is sure to be strong right from the start - and that will suit Grey Swallow down to the ground.
Amos Singletary, a garrulous old farmer from Sutton, summed up the anti-Federalist case: "These lawyers and men of learning and moneyed men, that talk so finely and gloss over matters so smoothly, to make us poor illiterate people swallow down the pill, expect to get into Congress themselves, they expect to be the managers of this Constitution, and get all the power and all the money into their own hands, and then they will swallow up all of us little folks like the great Leviathan .
It was my attempt to find out why I do what I do - and that is sometimes, not all the time, overeat for comfort and pleasure or to swallow down dissatisfaction.
You will dutifully swallow down the bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes (my children can't even boil an egg) and exclaim with delight at the gifts they have bought or made for you, regardless of how strange or hideous they might be.