American English

Definition of swallow noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small bird with long pointed wings and a tail with two points, that spends the winter in warm parts of the world but flies to northern countries for the summer
  2. of food/drink
  3. 2an act of swallowing; an amount of food or drink that is swallowed at one time She took a swallow of coffee.
  4. Idioms
    one swallow doesn't make a summer (saying)
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    you must not take too seriously a small sign that something is happening or will happen in the future, because the situation could change
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: swallow