swan dive


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

Examples of swan dive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Netflix is taking a swan dive into the Assassin's Creed video game franchise. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Netflix teams with Ubisoft to develop series based on 'Assassin's Creed' video games," 27 Oct. 2020 But based on the polls, Trump’s summer swan dive has spilled over to his GOP enablers. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Great Reclamation Project," 17 Aug. 2020 Wiggle and swan dive and swivel my body every which way that feels good or right. Malia Griggs, SELF, "13 Products That Got Me to Love Yoga at Home," 5 Aug. 2020 In an automobile, such a drastic change of pace might well be preliminary to a swan dive through the windshield. Scientific American, "Skydiving Parachute Yank Is Comparable to Car Crash," 16 June 2020 The creatures have a fondness of taking their leave of the Earth by rolling several thousand feet into places that are almost impossible to get in and out of, or by taking a swan dive that breaks off a horn, or a combination of the two. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Seven Big-Game Animals You Need to Drop Quickly," 9 Apr. 2020 And this was one swan dive into the criminal world. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Reminder: This Is What We Know About Cade’s Killer Going Into Ozark Season 3," 30 Mar. 2020 But regardless of your feelings on Rey’s parentage or how exactly the Emperor might have survived his swan dive into the Death Star, there is one moment in the newest Star Wars film that unites all Star Wars fans from every corner of the galaxy. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Let's all watch Star Wars breakout Babu Frik on a loop, forever," 16 Jan. 2020 Then lower the tip to let the bait perform a short swan dive--and don't be surprised by a savage hit after that little up-down move. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "Senko Tactics: Catch Huge Spring Bass Wacky-Style or Weighted," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of swan dive

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Swan dive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swan%20dive. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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