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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.
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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.
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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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The Interim Final Rule includes a new note to Part 44 of the CFTC's regulations advising counterparties to pre-enactment swaps to retain, in anticipation of reporting under a coming final rule, the following information:
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In a fixed-for-floating currency swap, a swap dealer's international capital markets team will estimate the appropriate pay and receive fixed rates for all of the currencies in which the dealer makes a market.
The funds should be invested with an eligible institution other than the swap provider.
5 Swap a lemon meringue pie at 330 calories a slice for a lemon sorbet (80 calories a scoop).
While the firm is named after the tall, confident Rice, he often calls upon other members of his team--his inner circle of rocket scientists, if you will--to describe his firm's operations and the details of past swap transactions.
This example presumes that you like the manager's performance and style, so instead of taking the money away from the individual, you use the swap.
There are no fees or up-front costs associated with swap transactions.
The seller, by issuing an interest rate swap to the buyer in the form of the guaranteed variable interest rate, has increased the value of the loans sold by an additional $160,000.
The new futures contracts and their commodity codes are: Brent CFD swap (6W); New York fuel oil 0.
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In an attempt to repatriate foreign earnings without incurring tax, a taxpayer entered into a swap and then sold income rights under the swap to its foreign subsidiaries.
However, your system allocates 1MB to 2MB of extended memory to SMARTDrive, which takes real memory away from your Windows applications and forces them to use the much slower disk-based swap file.
For example, a company needing fixed-rate financing may choose to issue variable-rate debt converted to a fixed-rate exposure by executing an interest-rate swap, which requires the company to make periodic fixed payments and receive periodic floating rate-based payments.