swill1 [swıl] v
[: Old English; Origin: swillan]
1.) [T] BrE
to wash something by pouring a lot of water over it or into it
swill sth away/down/out
Get a bucket to swill the yard down.
2.) [I and T]
if a liquid swills around or you swill it around, it moves around something
swill around/round
He swilled his brandy gently round his glass.
3.) [T] also swill down
informal to drink something in large amounts
He does nothing but swill beer all day.
swill 2
swill2 n
1.) [U]
food for pigs, mostly made of unwanted bits of human food
2.) BrE
the act of washing something by pouring a lot of water over it

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