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Meaning of “tread water” in the English Dictionary

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tread water

to ​float with ​yourhead above the water’s ​surface and ​yourfeet below you by ​movingyourlegs and ​arms up and down To tread ​water is also to be ​active but without making ​progress or ​fallingfurther behind: Stock ​pricescontinued to tread ​water this ​week.
(Definition of tread water from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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