from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A swimming stroke in which a person swims on one side and thrusts the arms forward and downward alternately while performing a scissors kick.
  • intransitive v. To swim with a sidestroke.

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  • n. A swimming stroke swum on the swimmer's side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a swimming stroke in which the arms move forward and backward while the legs do a scissors kick


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  • I fought the cold and the swell and built a kind of sidestroke rhythm.


  • Although it's out of fashion, I find sidestroke is by far the best for sea swimming – there's no putting your head in the water, so breathing and vision are easy: useful, as Byron would not have had goggles.

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  • "I was swimming sidestroke, and began to notice a strange fluctuating and hissing noise under my submerged left ear; it was very eerie, like an echo in a vast dark room below, and I thought it must have been the grinding of pebbles and silt at the bottom of the sea."

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  • Using a sidestroke kick or a breast-stroke, provided you have not dropped the victim, swim him or her back to the boat or to the shore.

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  • But the scissor kick on my sidestroke took a bit of feeling out.

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  • It wasn't that I didn't have the strength, it was that I never swam sidestroke enough for it to be natural.

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  • I drew her down and we went to work sidestroke-like, while she nibbled and bit at my ears and chin and lips, gasping and shuddering like the expert trollop she was; I remember thinking, as she gave her final practised heave and sob, Susie was right: with another nineteen like this we'll be able to buy California after a year or two; maybe I'll stay about for a while.


  • Mostly I did the sidestroke and froggy-backstroke Bardiac, queen of not-quite-real swimming strokes, and a bit of breaststroke.

    8 Miles

  • I tried alternating breast and sidestroke with an occasional crawl every ten laps.

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  • Then, still grasping her under the arms, he started to work his way toward the bank with a one-arm sidestroke.

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