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- noun Archaic spelling of
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- noun an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
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That he throws himself at full length with a gesture approaching to a 'summerset' on satin sofas.
The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett Browning, Robert, 1812-1889 1898
-- That he throws himself at full length with a gesture approaching to a 'summerset' on satin sofas.
The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 Robert Browning 1850
“But, if my devotion, as you are pleased to call my summerset, saved you, did it not save me too, for here we are, all three of us, in first-rate health?
There was blackberry pie and huckleberry wine and little Maria with her summerset bangs.
As I came in sight of the bridge, the cause of delay was too manifest, for the Somerset had made a summerset in good earnest, and overturned so completely, that it was literally resting upon the ground, with the roof undermost, and the four wheels in the air.
Before she has gained the surface, she throws a summerset.
It will be seen by the shape of this, that it will fly up as easily as a ball when it is laid in the trap, for the striker has only to tap one end of it, and up it flies, making many a summerset as it rises; while it is performing this turn-over motion, which philosophers call the rotatory, the striker makes a blow at it and sends it whither he pleases.
The Book of Sports: Containing Out-door Sports, Amusements and Recreations, Including Gymnastics, Gardening & Carpentering William Martin
We all three fired at the same instant, and some dozen gulls made a summerset in the air, and with flapping wings and dangling legs, fell into the water.
A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden 2nd edition William A. Ross
A second savage attempted to gain the eminence which commanded the position where the scouts were posted, but just as he was about to attain his object, McClelland saw him turn a summerset, and, with a frightful yell, fall down the hill, a corpse.
Woman on the American Frontier William Worthington Fowler
The mule run away with his plow and throwed him a summerset.
Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4 Work Projects Administration
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