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swan

noun [C] uk   /swɒn/ us    /swɑːn/
B2 a large, usually white bird with a long neck that lives on rivers and lakes: We watched the swans glide by.

swan

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /swɒn/ us    /swɑːn/ (-nn-) UK informal disapproving
to travel, move, or behave in a relaxed way for pleasure and without worrying that others may feel annoyed: She swanned into the room, carrying a glass of wine, taking no notice of the fact that she'd kept us all waiting for hours. He's been swanning around the States (= travelling and not doing any work) all summer.
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