in the swim

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in the swim

  1. (idiomatic) Actively participating in the flow of events; very involved.
    • 1894, Constance Garnett (translator), Ivan Turgenev (author), A House of Gentlefolk (1859), ch. 8:
      He had very little money, but he was lucky at cards, made many acquaintances, took part in all entertainments, in a word, he was in the swim.
    • 1903, Arthur Quiller-Couch, The Mayor of Troy, ch. 12:
      These punctual jaunts, very sensibly practised as a purge against dullness, together with the stir and hubbub of a garrison town in which his walled garden stood isolated, as it were, all day long, amid marchings, countermarchings, bugle-calls, and the rumble of wagons filled with material of war, gave him a sense of being in the swim—of close participation in the world's affairs.
    • 2001, Ted Loos, "A Flashy Museum Gives a Quiet Painter a New Look," New York Times, 23 Dec. (retrieved 22 June 2009):
      But "he's right there in the center of things, in the swim of art history."

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