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An elementary swimming stroke like that of a swimming dog.‘Their fur will hold air for a while, enough for a short dog-paddle, but beyond that their musculature just weighs them down.’
intransitive verb[no object]dog-paddle
Swim using this stroke.
- ‘She had seen her friend doggy-paddling and thought she heard her call for help.’
- ‘I doubt I'll be doing any synchronised swimming moves by then, but I should be able to doggy-paddle my way round the pool.’
- ‘I jumped in without a thought after her, even though I hardly knew how to doggy-paddle.’
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