scissors kick

noun Swimming.

a propelling motion of the legs in which they move somewhat like the blades of a pair of scissors, used in the sidestroke.

Nearby words

  1. scissor,
  2. scissorlike,
  3. scissors,
  4. scissors chair,
  5. scissors jack,
  6. scissors truss,
  7. scissortail,
  8. scissura,
  9. scissure,
  10. scituate

Origin of scissors kick

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for scissors kick

scissors kick


a type of swimming kick used esp in the sidestroke, in which one leg is moved forward and the other bent back and they are then brought together again in a scissor-like action
football a kick in which the player leaps into the air raising one leg and brings up his other leg to kick the ball
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