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swan

  
  ( swans    plural & 3rd person present)   ( swanning    present participle)   ( swanned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A swan is a large bird with a very long neck. Swans live on rivers and lakes and are usually white.  
2       verb   If you describe someone as swanning around or swanning off, you mean that they go and have fun, rather than working or taking care of their responsibilities.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL   She spends her time swanning around the world...      V prep/adv  


swan song      , swan-song  
Someone's swan song is the last time that they do something for which they are famous, for example the last time that an actor gives a performance in the theatre.      n-sing  
I competed in the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, which was my swan song.     
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swan song, swank, swain, swanky

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