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swan-upping

[swon-uhp-ing] /ˈswɒnˌʌp ɪŋ/
noun, British
1.
the taking up of young swans to mark them with nicks on the beak for identification.
2.
an annual expedition for this purpose on the Thames.
Origin of swan-upping
1800-1810
1800-10; swan1 + upping (up + -ing1)
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swan-upping

noun (Brit)
1.
the practice or action of marking nicks in swans' beaks as a sign of ownership
2.
the annual swan-upping of royal cygnets on the River Thames
Word Origin
C16: from up (in the archaic sense: to catch and mark a swan)
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