swim·​ming·​ly | \ ˈswi-miŋ-lē How to pronounce swimmingly (audio) \

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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Summer Activity Captions Things are going swimmingly. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "30 Best Summer Instagram Captions for All of Your Sun-Kissed Photos," 4 Mar. 2019 Coates didn't always get along so swimmingly with her directors. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "From 'Lawrence of Arabia' to 'Out of Sight,' film editor Anne V. Coates operated on razor-sharp instincts," 10 May 2018 The first 26 years of life haven't gone so swimmingly for Moll Huntford (Jessie Buckley), a ginger-haired resident of the British island of Jersey, and the 27th doesn't look much better. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Jessie Buckley flirts with danger in the tense, uneven British thriller 'Beast'," 10 May 2018 However, the rocket landing—which SpaceX has made routine by this point—went off less swimmingly. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Rocket Misses Landing Pad and Falls into the Ocean," 5 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of swimmingly

1622, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of swimmingly

informal : very well

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