dog paddle

noun
a simple swimming stroke mainly used to stay afloat while remaining almost stationary in the water, executed by paddling both arms underwater while kicking the legs, with the body in a crouching position and the head above water.

Origin:
1900–05

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dog-paddle

[dawg-pad-l, dog-]
verb (used without object), dog-paddled, dog-paddling.
to swim or keep afloat by use of the dog paddle.

Origin:
1900–05

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dog paddle
 
n
another name for doggy paddle

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They have a strong dog paddle, and can even go quite a distance underwater, walking along the bottom of streams and ponds.
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