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An elementary swimming stroke in which the swimmer beats at the water with the hands in a manner resembling a swimming dog.‘He wasn't such a great swimmer, about his only move was the doggy-paddle.’‘Only being equipped with basic knowledge of the doggy-paddle, Del didn't dare test her swimming strength in water that exceeded her height.’
Swim using doggy-paddle.
- ‘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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