1. (US prison) to conform to prison society.
|Joint n.p.: The ‘keeper’ does not prepare the fish ahead of time for the ordeal that awaits them in the tank . . . new fish who do not learn immediately how to swim will undergo a devastating initiation rite [R].|
2. (UK Black/gang) to be bleeding after being stabbed.
|‘Next Up7’ [lyrics] Back out my ting and make man swim.|
3. (UK Black/gang) as vtr, to stab a victim (to death).
|‘No Hook’ [lyrics] Chef, chef swim, dip man down make him drown in his blood.|
(UK Und.) to cheat an accomplice out of his share of the proceeds.
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 167/2: To make him swim for it – to cheat a companion out of his share of the plunder.|
to be offered and to take an abundance of bribes.
|Volpone I i: When you do come to swim in golden lard, Up to the arms in honey.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues 47/1: to swim in golden grease (oil, lard, etc.), verb. phr. (old).— To ‘roll’ in bribes.|