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Swimmingly

Great Britain's Oliver Hynd races to victory in the Men's 200m individual medley.

Great Britain's Oliver Hynd races to victory in the Men's 200m individual medley. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA

Today's Phrase

When things go 'swimmingly', they go well and smoothly.

For example:

I organised a dinner party and it all went swimmingly. The guests enjoyed themselves and chatted until the early hours of the morning.

Things are going swimmingly this year; we've made a significant profit and employed two more people.

Today isn't exactly going swimmingly. I arrived at work late and now I can't find my mobile phone!

Don't confuse it with

We use the phrase 'swimming in' when there is a lot of something.

For example:

The cake was swimming in custard - it was delicious!

Alan is swimming in money and yet he never buys anyone a drink.

Interesting fact

Oliver Hynd set a new European record to take gold in the SM8 200m individual medley, by completing the race in 2 minutes 24.63 seconds. The 17-year-old had already won a silver and a bronze in the 2012 Paralympics Games. Hynd's brother, Sam, was also competing in the race and came fourth.

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