swim·​ming·​ly | \ˈswi-miŋ-lē \

Definition of swimmingly 

: very well : splendidly the event went swimmingly

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Examples of swimmingly in a Sentence

We expect everything to go swimmingly. the rehearsals were going swimmingly until half the cast came down with the flu

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If things had gone swimmingly and the company was able to meet Elon Musk's original claims for production volume, the 200,000 cap would surely have been reached much sooner. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla sold 200,000 cars in the US, so the $7,500 tax credit is going away," 12 July 2018 The test is going swimmingly so far, well enough that a 12-month trial turned into a permanent deployment, complete with authorization to use the laser as a defensive weapon if necessary. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "US Navy: We Want High-Powered Lasers and Super-Fast Railguns by 2020," 31 July 2015 For Belgium, on the other hand, preparations seem to be going swimmingly. SI.com, "Chelsea Star Sends Heartfelt Message to Mohamed Salah Following Belgium's Friendly Win Over Egypt," 7 June 2018 Everything was going swimmingly – the weather and river conditions perfect – until the group hit a thunderstorm in Warsaw, Kentucky. Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati.com, "You don't see this every day: Group travels to Louisville from Cincinnati - by canoe," 6 June 2018 The rebuild is progressing swimmingly, with the Phillies jockeying for position near the top of the National League East. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies bracing for their next best shot at finding an impact player in this week's draft," 4 June 2018 However, underlying their rivalry was a close friendship and the duo got on swimmingly out of the dugout, as Ferguson alluded to in an interview with United's official site. SI.com, "Sir Alex Ferguson Pays Tribute to 'Great' Arsene Wenger in Honor of Arsenal Exit," 20 Apr. 2018 On the mound Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (1-0, 1.69 ERA, 1.125 WHIP) vs. Reds RHP Sal Romano (1-3, 4.65 ERA, 1.452 WHIP): Chen will make his second start of the season Friday night after his debut went swimmingly against the Rockies on Saturday night. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Preview: Marlins at Reds, Friday, 7:10 p.m.," 3 May 2018 From the outside, everything at Marvel Studios appears to be going just swimmingly. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Marvel rules the world — for now," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of swimmingly

1622, in the meaning defined above

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: very well

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