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swing by

To visit someone or someplace casually and/or briefly. Just swing by when you get a chance—I'll be here all day. I need to swing by the grocery store on my way home.
See also: swing

swing by

v.
To visit some place for a brief amount of time, especially as a deviation from a direct course: On my way home, I swung by the post office to buy some stamps. We swung by a friend's house on our way to the beach. Why don't you swing by for some coffee?
See also: swing
References in classic literature ?
Had it been you or I swinging there at the end of that grass rope, the thing which presently happened would not have happened, for we could not have hung on so long as to have made it possible; but Tarzan was quite as much at home swinging by his hands as he was standing upon his feet, or, at least, almost.