half gainer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n half gainer a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward and up to complete a half backward somersault and enters the water facing the diving board
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Usage

In literature:

But the sound of his phone ringing startled him so much he nearly did a half-gainer off the roof.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
The half-backs, then, must be the ground-gainers of the team.
"American Football" by Walter Camp
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