swim for (someone or something)

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swim for (someone or something)

To attempt to reach someone or something by swimming. The lifeguard swam for the girl, but he couldn't reach her in time. Our boat had started filling with water, so we jumped overboard and swam for shore.
See also: for, swim
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swim for someone or something

to travel toward someone or something by swimming. I swam for George, who was farther out, holding onto a float. I am going to swim for the island.
See also: for, swim
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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No, it can't be that, because you were doing all the swimming for the two of us just now.
We hope this programme will go some way to meeting demand so there exists as many opportunities as possible for public swimming, learn to swim customers, swimming for members and aqua fitness classes.
Recently, Dolphin held a charity 'Swimming for Survival Program' and trained 62 deaf and mute kids.
Swimming for just half an hour three times a week can lower stress levels, raise the mood, lower incidences of depression and anxiety and improve sleep patterns.
Caitlin has been swimming for the last year in various swimming competitions in Namibia and South-Africa.
"This will hopefully allow them to enjoy swimming for the rest of their lives."
He said: "Liverpool has led the way in free swimming for its residents for years.
On June 6, 2008, the Government gave all local authorities the option of providing free swimming for those aged 16 and under and 60 and over.
Swimming for Great Britain, Joanne, of Almondbury, won three gold medals and two silver medals at the European Downs Syndrome event.
She also taught swimming for 15 years after retiring, before giving it up due to ill health.
Five percent of the funds raised are given to USA Swimming for administering the program.
Time: Instead of swimming for two-plus hours, swim about 30 to 45 minutes two or three times a week.
Whether swimming for exercise, recreation or therapy, the buoyancy and resistance of water works all the muscles, physical fitness professionals say.
Use alternate breathing when swimming for distance.
Or take your children swimming for fun and ask a lifeguard for skills to practice on your own.