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[swim-ing-lee] /ˈswɪm ɪŋ li/
without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly:
She passed the exam swimmingly.
Origin of swimmingly
1615-25; swimming (in sense “progressing smoothly”) + -ly Unabridged
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Examples from the web for swimmingly
  • It's still a bit of a nightmare for the widget-averse, but otherwise everything works swimmingly.
  • When things go swimmingly, few people seem to mind being run by benevolent autocrats.
  • Things go swimmingly until her husband buys the film rights and decides to turn it into a trashy movie.
  • Everyone is getting along swimmingly until a new character arrives and upsets the apple cart.
British Dictionary definitions for swimmingly


successfully, effortlessly, or well (esp in the phrase go swimmingly)
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Word Origin and History for swimmingly

"with steady, smooth progress," 1620s, from swimming + -ly (2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for swimmingly



To perform well; succeed; fly: I didn't think the Harptones quite swam last time I saw them

[1970s+; perhaps fr sink or swim]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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