swing of things



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swing of things (plural not attested)

  1. (idiomatic, usually preceded by the) The normal flow and rhythm of daily life or of activities in a specific field.
    • 1905, Annie Fellows Johnston, The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation, ch. 11:
      "I know how it would knock me out to have to stop now, just when I've got into the swing of things, so I know just how you feel."
    • 1987 Feb. 21, Dave Perkins, "Tom Filer faces double jeopardy," Toronto Star (Canada), p. C1 (retrieved 22 June 2011):
      "I've been out of the swing of things for a whole year. I'm still trying to get back into the flow of it."
    • 2008 Jan. 3, Andrea Sachs, "How Not to Look Old," Time:
      [I]f you're going back into the job market — say your job was just eliminated, and you need to get back into the swing of things — you're not going to do well with gray hair.