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swarm around (someone or something)

To crowd closely around someone or something. The kids always swarm around the ice cream truck in the summertime. Screaming fans swarmed around the singer as he left the building.
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swarm in(to) (something or some place)

To move in(to some place or thing) very quickly and in great numbers. Customers swarmed in the moment we opened our doors for our huge Black Friday sale. Bugs began swarming into the house through the open window. Police swarmed in the building to apprehend the suspect.
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swarm out (of something or some place)

To move out (of some place or thing) very quickly and in great numbers. Students swarmed out the moment the final bell of the year rang. Bees began swarming out of the hive after we accidentally hit it with a baseball.
See also: out, something, swarm

swarm over (someone or something)

To crawl or gather on top of someone or something in great numbers. Players from both teams swarmed over the ball after the quarterback's fumble. All you could see was rats swarming over the pile of garbage. Mosquitos swarmed over us at the picnic, until eventually we had to pack up and leave.
See also: over, swarm

swarm through (something or some place)

To move through something or some place very quickly and in great numbers. Students began swarming through the doors of the school as soon as the last bell of the year rang. Dogs swarmed through the fields and woods in search of the suspect.
See also: swarm, through

swarm with (someone or something)

To be filled or covered with a huge number of people or things. I nearly died of fright to discover our trashcan was swarming with cockroaches. The beaches in this town are swarming with people in the summer, so it's actually nicer to be here in the offseason.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

swarm (all) over someone or something

to gather and move all about on someone or throughout something or some place. The ants swarmed all over our picnic table. The children swarmed over the furniture.
See also: over, swarm

swarm around someone or something

to gather or crowd around someone or something, in the manner of a swarm of bees. The little children swarmed around the lady with the candy. The bees swarmed around the flowers.
See also: around, swarm

swarm in(to something)

[for a throng] to crowd into something or some place. People were swarming into the auditorium to hear the guitarist. They swarmed in and ran for the best seats.
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swarm out of something

to move out of something in great numbers. The bees swarmed out of the hive. People swarmed out of the park at the end of the game.
See also: of, out, swarm

swarm through something

to gather in a crowd and move through something or some place. The shoppers swarmed through the store, buying everything in sight. The locusts swarmed through the field, eating the entire harvest.
See also: swarm, through

swarm with someone or something

to be abundant or crowded with moving people or things. The playground was swarming with children, and I couldn't find my own. The picnic blanket swarmed with ants.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

swarm with

To be full of some things or some people; abound or teem with some things or some people: The rotten log swarmed with insects. The courtroom is swarming with reporters.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Discriminant functions were determined for tree and horizontal swarmers. The result is that about 18% of horizontal swarmers and 24% of tree swarmers would be misclassified.
One may also ask whether this group of misclassified observations constitutes a third group, given that tree and horizontal swarmers are real TABULAR DATA OMITTED groups that are described effectively by the five observed variables.
For locality number 3--that is, Outokumpu alone--where tree and horizontal swarmers are sympatric, there is much less overlap.
There is an isolated tree-swarmer population (Kolmisoppi, number 5), a distinct branch comprising the repeatedly sampled horizontal swarming population number 3 from Outokumpu only, then a mixed group consisting of populations extending from northern horizontal swarmers from Lapland, that is, a subarctic area where no adequate trees are available as swarm markers, as well as the southernmost populations and a mixed lot in between.
The horizontal and tree swarmers at Outokumpu are genetically distinct.
Only a few samples have been collected from areas outside the known area of distribution of horizontal swarmers in eastern-central Finland.
Bats are of no consequence to daytime swarmers. Interestingly, the only predator of L.
The other horizontally orientating populations extend from this site to the north; they are genetically less divergent, and tree swarmers have not been observed from these northern localities.
Interestingly, the horizontal swarmers are completely included within the major branch of tree swarmers in figure 5.
If locusts can be prevented from becoming swarmers, the problem can be stopped at the source.
Swarmers are winged termites called alates that take flight to mate and start new colonies.
* If you see swarmers flying around your house, try to spot where they're coming from.
* Discovering swarmers indoors also means that there's a colony in your house.
* Collect some of the swarmers you find--dead or alive--in a plastic bag or jar.
Like swarmers, "mud tubes" are a common sign of termites.