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backstroke

[bak-strohk] /ˈbækˌstroʊk/
noun
1.
a backhanded stroke.
2.
Swimming. a stroke made while on one's back.
3.
a blow or stroke in return; recoil.
verb (used without object), backstroked, backstroking.
4.
Swimming. to swim the backstroke:
She backstroked across the pool.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; back2 + stroke1
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British Dictionary definitions for backstroke

backstroke

/ˈbækˌstrəʊk/
noun
1.
(swimming) Also called back crawl
  1. a stroke performed on the back, using backward circular strokes of each arm alternately and flipper movements of the feet
  2. (as modifier): the backstroke champion
2.
a return stroke or blow
3.
(mainly US) a backhanded stroke
4.
(bell-ringing) the upward movement of the bell rope as the bell swings back and forth Compare handstroke
verb
5.
(intransitive) to swim the backstroke
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Word Origin and History for backstroke
n.

1670s, "counter-punch," from back (adj.) + stroke (n.). From 1876 in swimming, from back (n.).

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