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[haf-vol-ee, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌvɒl i, ˈhɑf-/
verb (used with or without object), half-volleyed, half-volleying.
to make or stroke with a half volley.
Origin of half-volley
First recorded in 1870-75
Related forms
half-volleyer, noun

half volley

(in tennis, racquets, etc.) a stroke in which the ball is hit the moment it bounces from the ground.
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for half-volley
Historical Examples
  • A half-volley came down from the pavilion end—a half-volley and off the wicket.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • The last ball of the over, a half-volley to leg, he lifted over the other boundary.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • He bowled me a half-volley on the off the first ball I had in a school match.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • At last he mis-hit a half-volley and was caught in the deep for seventy-two.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • Janet made a powerful stroke at it, apparently thinking it was a half-volley.

  • I used to try running in at the ball, as if it were a half-volley at Cricket, but that way lies madness.

  • Between ourselves the cut was a fluke, but the half-volley was a genuine well-played hit, which deserved the applause it got.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • In the hope that Scaife, intoxicated with triumph, will run out again, he pitches the next lob too much up—a half-volley.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • A half-volley had landed first bounce among the masters sitting under the wall.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • I raise my bat, get it on the half-volley right in the middle, hit it clean over the Pavilion for six, and the match is won.

British Dictionary definitions for half-volley

half volley

a stroke or shot in which the ball is hit immediately after it bounces
to hit or kick (a ball) immediately after it bounces
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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