dog-paddle


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dog paddle

n.
A prone swimming stroke in which the head is kept out of the water and the arms remain submerged and are alternately thrust forward and pulled back while the legs kick.

dog′-pad′dle v.
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Translations

dog-paddle

[ˈdɒgˌpædl] VInadar como los perros
see also dog C
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For 30 years then, our neighbors, with varying degrees of success, have been trying to move forward, while the best we've been able to manage is to dog-paddle in place, or get swept backward, for a time, until we can dog-paddle again to try to inch forward against the tide of populism and dictatorial nostalgia.
It's like drowning in sand reading The Drunken Boat, after I dog-paddle home from the Circle K with my life jacket of Bud Light.
To help her gain confidence, I cradled her under her belly, let her dog-paddle for a few seconds, then quickly set her back down where her paws could touch bottom.