swim around

swim around

1. Literally, to swim (in something or some place) aimlessly or from place to place. We spent the whole afternoon swimming around in the lake by the cabin. The water in the pool is shallow enough that kids can just swim around on their own.
2. To flit around (in something or some place) very quickly or intangibly. I had so many people's names swimming around in my head by the end of the evening that I couldn't keep any of them straight. There are some rumors swimming around that the company is going to start laying people off.
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swim around

to swim here and there. I just like to get into the pool and swim around. I saw only one fish swimming around in your aquarium.
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References in classic literature ?
But strike a member of the harem school, and her companions swim around her with every token of concern, sometimes lingering so near her and so long, as themselves to fall a prey.
The Prime Minister donned his trunks for a 7am swim around the Roche Ronde rock off the coast of Biarritz, where he and other world leaders are meeting for a G7 summit.
The Prime Minister donned his bathers for a 7am swim around the Roche Ronde rock off the coast of Biarritz, where he and other world leaders are meeting for a G7 summit.
THE trials and tribulations of taking part in a epic swim around the UK will be relived by Ross Edgley with his The World's Fittest Live Shows - The Great British Swim Edition.
NOON I'd travel by boat to the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia, and spend the afternoon snorkelling in the sea, watching sharks, turtles and fish swim around me.
And this is it!" Pop star Robbie Williams, who dressed up as Simon Cowell for the X Factor's Fright Night "Sorry I'm late" Adventurer Ross Edgley apologises to his family after completing a swim around Great Britain in 157 days.
AN ADVENTURER is to celebrate 100 days at sea as part of his challenge to swim around mainland Great Britain.
Ross Edgley celebrating 100 days at sea as part of his challenge to swim around Great Britain
The sky-written "100" Ross Edgley celebrating 100 days at sea as part of his challenge to swim around Great Britain
I started to swim around him and he became a bit stressed and started to knock his head on the rocks.
While his mother waited at the top, Chris risked his own life to swim around the headland and find the 12-week-old pup he had only received three days earlier.
In thumbnail-sized Appasus water bugs, females lay eggs on a male's back and leave him to swim around for weeks tending his glued-on load.
DUBAI With more than 800 swimmers expected to take part in the Wild Wadi's Swim around Burj Al Arab, UAE Olympic swimmer Obaid Al Jasmi says that such events play an important role in brining together the community and introduce youngsters to the sport.
More than 800 swimmers are expected to take part in the annual Wild Wadi Swim around the Burj Al Arab, which will be held on February 21 to raise money for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Dubai: Kate Willoughby, a British woman living in Dubai is aiming to become the first person to swim around The World, Nakheel's manmade development of 300 islands off Dubai's coast to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic incurable illness.