flutter kick


: an alternating whipping motion of the legs used in various swimming styles (such as the crawl)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web From here, keeping your upper body as still as possible, squeeze your glutes and legs to perform small, fast flutter kicks for 30 to 45 seconds. SELF, 12 Sep. 2018 Continue flutter kicking and tossing the ball for 30 to 45 seconds. SELF, 12 Sep. 2018 Perform the flutter kicks as described above, while simultaneously and repeatedly tossing the ball into the air and catching it at chest level. SELF, 12 Sep. 2018 For hours starting at 7 A.M., a sea of pink bobbing heads of all genders and ages, arching arms, and flutter kicks can be seen moving like a school of fish, stride by stride, across waves and around rocks and jagged bends. Kate Branch, Vogue, 31 Aug. 2018 For the flutter kicks, adjust the angle of your legs depending on your level of strength. Anna Kaiser, Time, 27 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flutter kick was circa 1934

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“Flutter kick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flutter%20kick. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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