1. the throat.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: gutter lane the throat, the swallow, the red lane.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Punch i 169: Men with swallows like Thames Tunnels.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Oct. 48/2: Presen’ly bits o’ th’ beers will grease ’is swaller all th’ way down, an’ he’ll come in fa th’ fourth beer.|
2. a mouthful.
|Tom and Jerry III iii: There’s a swallow, Herry, this fellow is a perfect mop.|
|Southern Sketches 33: Then he took out a tickler of whiskey; and, after he’d took three or four swallows out ’n it, says he, ‘Oblige me by taking a horn’ [F&H].|
|F&H].Hbk of Medical Sciences v 4: A swallow or two of hot milk sometimes aids in coughing up tenacious mucus [|
|David Harum 212: She took a swallow of the wine.|
|Classics in Sl. 53: Bein’ that close to her sent my blood crashin’ through my veins like I hadst just quaffed off a swallow of this prohibition hooch!|
|Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1986) 156: As she ate she drank a glass of water to help wash down the swallows.|
3. a puff of a cigarette.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1181/1: C.20.|