Definition of tread water in English:
1 (past treaded water or trod water) Maintain an upright position in deep water by moving the feet with a walking movement and the hands with a downward circular motion.
- The skipper treads water as a Navy diver waits for a line to be thrown from the Oryx helicopter.
- Her head popped up from under the water and she laughed, treading water as he walked through the waves out to her.
- We were treading water in a large water basin in a generator room.
1.1Fail to advance or make progress: men who are treading water in their careers
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- So when you see the elites floating away in their yachts while you're barely treading water, before you get angry, take a moment to feel their pain.
- Brando trod water a lot, so I might go for Mitchum.
- With a 10th win in 11 league games assured, the Old Trafford aristocrats trod water slightly after the interval.
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