dead-man's float

noun Swimming.

a prone floating position, used especially by beginning swimmers, with face downward, legs extended backward, and arms stretched forward.

Nearby words

  1. dead-beat,
  2. dead-cat bounce,
  3. dead-end,
  4. dead-end host,
  5. dead-man's fingers,
  6. dead-melt,
  7. dead-nettle,
  8. dead-on,
  9. dead-reckon,
  10. dead-smooth

Origin of dead-man's float

First recorded in 1945–50

Also called prone float. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019