dog paddle

noun

Definition of dog paddle 

: an elementary swimming stroke in which the arms paddle in the water and the legs maintain a kicking motion

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dog-paddle intransitive verb

First Known Use of dog paddle

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dog paddle was in 1874

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