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[shad-oh-boks] /ˈʃæd oʊˌbɒks/
verb (used without object)
to make the motions of attack and defense, as in boxing, as a training or conditioning procedure.
to evade or avoid direct or decisive action.
Origin of shadowbox
First recorded in 1915-20; shadow + box2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Time cannot wither, nor custom stale, the infinite variety of his shadow boxing.

  • The attachments and suits were but the shadow boxing of the bout; the rough stuff was held in reserve.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
Word Origin and History for shadow boxing

1906; see shadow (n.) + box (v.2). To shadow-box (v.) is attested from 1932. Shadow-fight is attested from 1768; cf. also sciamachy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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