swim with

swim with (someone or something)

1. To swim alongside or in the vicinity of someone or an animal. We had the chance to swim with dolphins while we were in Hawaii. I spent the whole day swimming with my kids at the beach.
2. To swim in the same direction of some force in the water, especially a tide or current. Use longer strokes if you find yourself swimming with the current during the race. We should be swimming with the tide at that hour, so I don't expect it to be too taxing.
3. To go along or agree with the prevailing or popularly held opinion or perspective; to act or behave the same way as the majority of others. Used in the phrase "swim with the tide/current/stream." When I was in college, I used to have a lot of radical opinions and beliefs, but as I've grown older, I find myself swimming with the current more often. I'm sorry, but I simply refuse to swim along with the stream just because it's the easier option!
4. To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a body of water. Used especially in the gangster cliché "swim with the fishes." Don't worry, boss, that no-good snitch will be swimming with the fishes before sunrise. He'll swim with the fishes if he so much as breathes a word of our operations to anyone.
5. To be involved with cunning, treacherous, or dangerous people. Used in the phrase "swim with sharks." I know you think you're a hustler, but you're swimming with sharks now—you could lose all your money against these guys. Before you start swimming with those sharks, consider this—the last guy who went into business with them wound up dead!
See also: swim

swim with something

to swim in the same direction as the movement of water. Fred had no trouble swimming with the current. Please swim with the current and not against it.
See also: swim
References in classic literature ?
"If master would be so good as to lean on my shoulder, master would swim with much greater ease."
I was much impeded by my rifle, having to swim with one hand while I clung to my precious weapon with the other.
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The accolade was awarded by the Swimming Teachers Association, the world's largest independent swimming teaching and lifesaving association, Sharon, who runs Swim With Sharon swimming school, said: "I have been overwhelmed by all the support I have received from the STA, family and friends.
"Molly has been swimming since she was five months old, she could swim with an armband.
"Always swim with a friend or with someone on the bank or shore.
SWIMMERS from the Barry Amateur Swimming Club are combining their annual postal swim with the Echo-backed Lengths for Life campaign.
Jessica produced her best times to date since starting to swim with the masters.
The main event will be a 1,600 metres swim with four different male and female age categories: under-18 years, 19 to 30 years, 31 to 45 years and over-46 years.
SWIM WITH A BADDY NO FOOL OR DRINK NO LARGE WATER BOYS MUST WEAR SLIM SUITS DIVE, ONLY IN JEEP WATER DECK SLIPPERY, DON'T RUB TAKE A FLOWER BEFORE SWIMMING NO DUNKING, PUSHING, OR SHOOING NO SWIMMING DURING THUNDERSTORE OBEY THE WIFEGUARDS
* Learn to swim with private or group lessons at a community center or health club.
Scuba diving scientists have managed to swim with animals for only about the first 30 meters of the drop.
Alternatively, more elongate fish that swim with greater body curvature do not have a simultaneous offset of the red muscle electromyographic activity.
She said: "I have always enjoyed jumping into cold water and discovering a group to swim with close to my home has given me a way to swim safely and with like–minded people."