swan dive

noun Diving.
a forward dive in which the diver while in the air assumes a position with the arms outstretched at shoulder height and the legs straight and together, and enters the water with the arms stretched above the head.
Also called, especially British, swallow dive.


Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism

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swan-dive

[swon-dahyv]
verb (used without object), swan-dived, swan-diving.
1.
to perform a swan dive.
2.
to decrease suddenly and decisively; plummet: Stock prices swan-dived overnight.
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swan dive
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): swallow dive a type of dive in which the diver arches back while in the air, keeping his legs straight and together and his arms outstretched, finally entering the water headfirst

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Example sentences
Then he dived forward in a swan dive, landing perfectly on his stomach.
The former beauty's swan dive into exposure and ridicule has collateral damage.
Your slugs will perform a swan dive into a shallow pan of beer if you leave one
  out overnight.
Walking did not become my default exercise until a swan dive off a ladder
  several years ago.
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