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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 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

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

swap around

To exchange two or more people or things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swap" and "around." We decided to swap our seats around to see if it affected the normal classroom discussion at all. Now, be sure not to swap around the dosages of these two medications, or you'll be in for a world of hurt! He swapped the two players around to confuse the other team.
See also: around, swap

swap for (someone or something)

1. To exchange or trade (something) for some period of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swap" and "for" to specify what is being traded or exchanged. A: "I really like the colored pencils you're using." B: "And I really like your markers. Let's swap for a while!" If you feel like you have an unequal relationship with your romantic partner, try swapping roles and responsibilities for a little while to gain some perspective from their point of view.
2. To exchange or trade someone or something for someone or something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "swap" and "for." Want to swap your cupcake for my chocolate bar? He fantasized about swapping his mediocre life for that of his wealthy, successful neighbor. I can't believe the team swapped their star quarterback for some rookie no one's ever heard of.
3. To initiate or solicit an exchange or trade with someone for something they possess. A noun or pronoun is used between "swap" and "for." Tommy always wants to swap me for the yummy treats my mom packs in my lunch. I would gladly swap you for your family—they're so normal compared to mine!
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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

To share or exchange information (about someone or something) in a casual or informal manner. Opposing lawyers are always depicted as enemies on TV and in movies, but they are often friends outside of court who swap notes about other cases they're involved with. If you think that only guys swap notes on the people they've slept with, then you're just being naïve. Our exam is on Thursday, so Tom is coming over to swap notes and study with me.
See also: note, swap

swap notes about (someone or something)

To share or exchange information (about someone or something) in a casual or informal manner. Opposing lawyers are always depicted as enemies on TV and in movies, but they are often friends outside of court who swap notes about other cases they're involved with. If you think that only guys swap notes about the people they've slept with, then you're just being naïve. Tom is coming over to swap notes about our physics exam.
See also: note, swap

swap notes on (someone or something)

To share or exchange information (about someone or something) in a casual or informal manner. Opposing lawyers are always depicted as enemies on TV and in movies, but they are often friends outside of court who swap notes on other cases they're involved with. If you think that only guys swap notes on the people they've slept with, then you're just being naïve. Tom is coming over to swap notes on our physics exam.
See also: note, on, swap

swap out

To replace or exchange someone or something with another person or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swap" and "out." I think I just need to swap out the batteries for this to start working again. It's a bad sign that they've had to swap their goaltender out after just the first ten minutes of play.
See also: out, swap

swap over

1. To exchange places, roles, or activities. I don't mind driving first—we can swap over once we're about halfway there. Well, originally I was in charge of marketing and Keith was in charge of sales, but we swapped over last fall.
2. To change or revert to an alternative thing or system. He said we should swap over to gas heating because it's more efficient than electric. I have to swap the sound system over to a different power source. Thankfully the airline swapped us over to an earlier flight at no extra cost.
See also: over, swap

swap spit(s)

slang To kiss passionately and with an open mouth; to French kiss. I went to see a movie with Tom and Janet, but they spent the whole time swapping spits! A: "Did you get lucky on your date last night, dude?" B: "We swapped spit for a while, but that's about it."
See also: swap

swap with (one)

To exchange or trade (someone or something) with one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swap" and "with" to specify what is being exchanged or traded. I really like the colored pencils you're using. Will you swap with me? I know your family has been bugging you lately, but I'd swap mine with you any day. My brother wants to swap places with me for a while and see if anyone notices.
See also: 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, someone, 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

don't change/swap horses in midstream

Don’t change methods or leaders in the middle of a crisis. Although originating a quarter of a century earlier, the expression became famous through its use by President Lincoln in 1864 when he learned that his renomination for a second term was being backed by the National Union League. Several versions of his speech were recorded, some having it change and others swap.
See also: change, horse, midstream, swap
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When the Recording Industry Association of America first clamped down on online file swappers who exchange copyrighted media using services such as Kazaa and Gnutella at home and in school, they sued hundreds of violators, at least one as young as 12.