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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 classic literature ?
Whether to admit Hercules among us or not, concerning this I long remained dubious: for though according to the Greek mythologies, that antique Crockett and Kit Carson --that brawny doer of rejoicing good deeds, was swallowed down and thrown up by a whale; still, whether that strictly makes a whaleman of him, that might be mooted.
Here do I sit now, The desert nigh, and yet I am So far still from the desert, Even in naught yet deserted: That is, I'm swallowed down By this the smallest oasis--: --It opened up just yawning, Its loveliest mouth agape, Most sweet-odoured of all mouthlets: Then fell I right in, Right down, right through--in 'mong you, Ye friendly damsels dearly loved!
Therefore he kept no blind outlook, but watched and swallowed down his children: and unceasing grief seized Rhea.
When Tom got out and ran down to breakfast at Harrowell's they were missing, and Stumps informed him that they had swallowed down their breakfasts and gone off together--where, he couldn't say.
"Well, I have seen some very curious machines too," said Newman; "and once, in a needle factory, I saw a gentleman from the city, who had stopped too near one of them, picked up as neatly as if he had been prodded by a fork, swallowed down straight, and ground into small pieces."
When one of the chickens was swallowed down, and still her master did not come, Gretel looked at the other and said: 'What one is, the other should be likewise, the two go together; what's right for the one is right for the other; I think if I were to take another draught it would do me no harm.' So she took another hearty drink, and let the second chicken follow the first.
Redknapp and Edmonds both swallowed down the brains and were faced with one last challenge.
But, despite appearing at the Parole Board meeting in person to read out an emotional victim impact statement about Sylvestre, Katie has swallowed down her fears to focus on her upcoming Strictly Come Dancing stint.
"Jordanian TV presenter Mohammad Rakan Al-Gadah confidently and clearly brings to our timelines a collection of thoughts and opinions that undoubtedly would have been better off being written down on a piece of toilet paper and swallowed down whole."
Back in the house he had swallowed down his food quickly: he wanted to be ready out on Cae Cefn before all the boys came up the tunnel through the wood.
One might see another informal visit soon to Raiwind by the prime minister, but the bone of contention now lies wedged too deep to be swallowed down, by the man on the hill.
Food writer Nigella Lawson cures her hangover by consuming prairie oyster, which consists of an egg yolk, Tabasco, Worcester sauce, brandy and vinegar - all swallowed down in one gulp.
The digestive juices also contain air that has been swallowed down as we eat, this gas is squeezed through the juices, creating vibrations which we hear as a rumbling sound.
Next came a huge beetle larva whose head had to be bitten off before it could be swallowed down.
The bargain finally struck, he swallowed down some chicken with all the gusto of Jennie Bond eating grubs in the jungle and ran off into the living room.