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verb swill pronunciation in American English /swɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleswilling
past tenseswilled
past participleswilled

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to drink a large amount of something, especially alcohol, in an enthusiastic way

    They sat around the table swilling beer.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a liquid swills inside a container or area, or you swill it there, it moves around
    swill something around:

    Cathy swilled the brandy around in her glass.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to pour water over something in order to clean it
    swill something out/down:

    She swilled the pan out in the sink.



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