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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
1800-1810
1800-10; swan1 + upping (up + -ing1)
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British Dictionary definitions for swanupping

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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