backstroke(redirected from backstrokes)
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a. a stroke performed on the back, using backward circular strokes of each arm and flipper movements of the feet
b. (as modifier): the backstroke champion
2. Chiefly US a backhanded stroke
3. Bell-ringing the upward movement of the bell rope as the bell swings back and forth
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