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What does " turning cartwheels down" mean in the text below?

English Language Learners Asked by Pərviz Piri on December 22, 2020

Occasionally they sang softly; occasionally they turned cartwheels down by the moving streak of phosphorescence.

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'Down' is linked to 'by', not to the cartwheels: they turned cartwheels down by the phosphorescence. In other words, they performed circular sideways handsprings (as Lexico defines cartwheels) beside the moving streak of phosphorescence.

Answered by NickK on December 22, 2020

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