Australian crawl


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Australian crawl

n.
A crawl stroke in swimming that is executed with a flutter kick to each arm stroke.

crawl

(krɔl)

v.i.
1. to move in a prone position with the body close to the ground, as a worm or caterpillar, or on the hands and knees.
2. to move or progress slowly or laboriously: a line of cars crawling toward the beach.
3. to behave in a remorseful or cringing manner.
4. to be, or feel as if, overrun with crawling things: The hut crawled with insects.
5. (of paint) to raise or contract because of an imperfect bond with the underlying surface.
v.t.
6. to visit or frequent one after the other: a night of crawling the pubs.
n.
7. the act of crawling; a slow, crawling motion.
8. a slow rate of progress.
9. a swimming stroke in a prone position, characterized by alternate overarm movements combined with the flutter kick.
10. text that moves slowly across a television or movie screen, giving information.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse krafla; compare Dan kravle to crawl, creep]
crawl′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Australian crawl - a swimming strokeAustralian crawl - a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
swimming stroke - a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward
flutter kick - a swimming kick; the legs are moved rapidly up and down without bending the knees
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Kellerman, who is now better known for appearing in risque costumes and for popularizing the swimming stroke known as the Australian crawl, was actively involved in re-mythologizing the seas, employing the mermaid fantaseme as a feminist and ecological-activist tool long before either of those movements entered the cultural mainstream.
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We never went into the Mixed, where young bucks paying sixpence tried to impress giggling girls in rubber hats as they demonstrated the Australian Crawl.

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