from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of marking a swan on the upper mandible. See swan-upping.

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  • verb Present participle of up.


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  • "There is an annual census of the swan population on parts of the River Thames called 'Swan Upping' – 'upping' because the birds are picked 'up' out of the water. It dates from the twelfth century and takes place during the third week of July."

    -By Hook or By Crook by David Crystal, p 92

    December 15, 2008