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Difference between Be in the swim and Swim with the stream

be in the swim—have interest or active role in modern life and social activities:

  • The need to be in the swim—up to date—might not have been the least of our driving forces for general progress.

swim with the stream(also: float with the stream) act as the majority of people do; behave in a conventional way:

  • Those who prefer to swim with the stream are numerous everywhere.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase come on stream(also: go on stream) be in active operation:

  • The second phase of the airport will come on stream in two years.