Definition of swallow dive in English:

swallow dive


  • A dive performed with one's arms outspread until close to the water.

    Also called swan dive
    • ‘Scrum-half Ian Monaghan then grabbed the third and celebrated scoring on his old stamping ground with an impressive swallow dive in the corner.’
    • ‘I had got to the stage where I had decided even if I had to hire the entire Commonwealth pool and fly in an Olympic coach, I would do it just to learn a swallow dive and a proper hurdle step.’
    • ‘However the referee isn't impressed by his jinking moves and graceful swallow dive and books Beto for diving.’
    • ‘Del Piero wins a free-kick on the edge of a box with a swallow dive.’
    • ‘McCoist offers something different, although his swallow dive garnered him no sympathy when he attempted to ‘win’ a penalty 10 minutes into the tie. The veteran deserved the jeers and a yellow card.’
    • ‘Participants will also stop off at the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland, to watch an awesome 750 ft bungee jump demonstration, to include the spectacular swallow dive used in the film.’
    • ‘Shaw's remarkable swallow dive over the line is an imperishable highlight of that rugby era.’
    • ‘The Rhinos defence gave chase, but although Mark Calderwood got close, he didn't get close enough to prevent Vainikolo celebrating with a spectacular swallow dive under the posts.’
    • ‘Stuart Johnson added try number five and Caldwell rounded off a perfect afternoon, after Kasey Mitchell had dropped a goal, with a swallow dive over the line for a final score.’


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  • Perform a swallow dive.

    • ‘Climb to the top of the Empire State Building, swallow-dive into an elegant free-fall, and defy gravity with a judiciously timed web just before you hit the ground.’
    • ‘Then the law required them to stand back and let him carry on swallow-diving.’


swallow dive