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1. Sports
a. A swimming stroke performed on one's back, especially one using alternating overarm strokes and a flutter kick.
b. A race or a leg of a race in which this stroke is swum.
2. A backhanded stroke or motion.
3. A stroke or motion in the direction of an original starting point: a saw that cuts on the backstroke.

back′stroke′ v.
back′strok′er n.
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Noun1.backstroker - someone who swims the backstrokebackstroker - someone who swims the backstroke  
swimmer - a trained athlete who participates in swimming meets; "he was an Olympic swimmer"
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"Whenever it rains like this in Florida there's always lightning so we're not allowed to swim!" Backstroker Kathleen Dawson took the last 100m final place after a time tie with England's Lizzie Simmons - then winning their two-lengths swim-off.
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Year 7 backstroker Max Gardner was first to take to the podium, with a silver medal in the U13s 50 metre sprint in 40.69.
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