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swish

verb [I or T] uk   /swɪʃ/ us  
to (cause to) move quickly through the air making a soft sound: I heard the rope swish through the air. The horses swished their tails to get rid of the flies hovering around them.

swish

adjective uk   /swɪʃ/ informal us  
fashionable or expensive: a swish hotel

swish

noun [C] uk   /swɪʃ/ us  

swish noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

a quick movement through the air, making a soft sound: With a swish of the curtains, the stage was revealed.

swish noun [C] (LIKE A WOMAN)

US slang disapproving a man who behaves or appears in a way that is generally considered more suited to a woman, and who does not have traditional male qualities
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