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Dreaming and meanings Swallowing


A dream about swallowing suggests that you are keeping something back that is associated with emotions.

We refer to “swallowing our pride” or even hearing a story and deeming it “hard to swallow”. Since swallowing is a natural operation, like inhaling and exhaling, it is highlighted within your dream. Normally, it indicates some kind of obstruction. What exactly is it that you cannot take?


In your dream you may have…

  • You swallow something.
  • You find it hard to swallow.
  • Something is hard to swallow for you.
  • A swallow (the bird).

Advice from your dream...

  • You do not choke in your dream.
  • This dream had a happy ending.

Detailed dream interpretation...

A dream about swallowing something means that at that moment, you are holding back either your feelings or your actions and words. This dream suggests that you have difficulties in communication, that you are unable to express yourself. Swallowing some food portends projects or plans that will bring you lots of success and satisfaction.

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A swallow (the bird) represents hard work. It also indicates that you have already made a choice of some importance, and this simply indicates the question of whether the decision you have made is a good one. If this bird appears to be timid in any way, then this is a message to encourage you to think seriously about new opportunities and the events which are likely to present themselves in the near future.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of swallowing.

Worried. Surprised. Content. Amazed. Curious. Scared. Anxious. Upset.


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