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swing around

1. To spin or turn rapidly around in the opposite direction. I swung around when I though I heard my name. The police car swung around and turned on its siren to begin pursuing the van that ran the red light.
2. To cause someone or something to spin or turn rapidly around in the opposite direction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swing" and "around." She had to swing the motorboat around and started heading back to shore. I had to swing the toddler around to keep him from walking down the steps.
3. To visit some place for a brief period of time or for a particular purpose. I need to swing around the office to pick up some paperwork. Why don't you swing around on Saturday for dinner?
See also: around, swing
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

swing around (to something)

to move one's body or view around to another position. She swung around to the left, where she could see better. The bear suddenly swung around and charged.
See also: around, swing
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

swing around

v.
1. To turn rapidly around something: The car swung around the corner and almost hit a pedestrian.
2. To turn rapidly to face the opposite direction: When I heard footsteps behind me, I swung around.
See also: around, swing
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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"He literally can cradle Camden and swing him around and do, 'Shh, shh'.
I can still pick him up and swing him around, or carry him on my hip when he wants to be carried.
"I was worried that if he had trouble breathing, I wouldn't have anything to help him - and I knew that you couldn't swing him around like you would do to a lamb!
I said to grease Cracker's tail so the kids couldn't swing him around, with everybody yelling "Whee!" Everybody but Cracker, I added.