swan dive

noun

Definition of swan dive 

: a front dive executed with the head back, back arched, and arms spread sideways and then brought together above the head to form a straight line with the body as the diver enters the water

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But that’s not a letdown, that’s a swan dive into the murky pool of mediocrity. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "By no means invincible, Golden State faces rocky path to Finals," 13 Apr. 2018 Galileo, which launched in 1989, arrived at Jupiter in 1995 and spent almost eight years examining the planet and its moons until its mission ended with a swan dive into Jupiter in 2003. New York Times, "New Dive Into Old Data Finds Plumes Erupt From Jupiter’s Moon Europa," 14 May 2018 But that’s not a letdown, that’s a swan dive into the murky pool of mediocrity. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "By no means invincible, Golden State faces rocky path to Finals," 13 Apr. 2018 But that’s not a letdown, that’s a swan dive into the murky pool of mediocrity. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "By no means invincible, Golden State faces rocky path to Finals," 13 Apr. 2018 But that’s not a letdown, that’s a swan dive into the murky pool of mediocrity. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "By no means invincible, Golden State faces rocky path to Finals," 13 Apr. 2018 But that’s not a letdown, that’s a swan dive into the murky pool of mediocrity. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "By no means invincible, Golden State faces rocky path to Finals," 13 Apr. 2018 Another Wilsonian hallmark is evident: a fondness for letting his right hand amble into the upper register only to swan dive down the keys with a great flourish. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Classic Brunswick & Columbia Teddy Wilson Sessions 1934-1942’ Review: The Peacemaker of the Piano," 13 Apr. 2018 But that’s not a letdown, that’s a swan dive into the murky pool of mediocrity. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "By no means invincible, Golden State faces rocky path to Finals," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of swan dive

1898, in the meaning defined above

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