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yorker

/ˈjɔːkə/
noun
1.
(cricket) a ball bowled so as to pitch just under or just beyond the bat
Word Origin
C19: probably named after the Yorkshire County Cricket Club
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  • "Hardly think we'd enjoy that party, neighbor," said the yorker leader.

  • As the cricketer said about the yorker, what else can you call him?

  • The ball not only happened to be straight, but was also a yorker.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • Instantly Enoch had his rifle to his shoulder and had drawn bead upon the yorker.

  • She had sent down a deadly "yorker" which got under Janet's bat and spread-eagled her wicket.

  • Then suddenly he realised that the thing was going to be a yorker, and banged his bat down in the block just as the ball arrived.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • Lithe and quick as an eel, Jack squirmed up to the man's chest and gripped the yorker's throat in his hands.

  • We don't pay no more attention hereabouts to what a yorker sheriff says than if he was a catamount,—no, not so much as that!

  • "Anybody can see you no yorker, by dat werry speech," answered Yop, not at all mollified by such a question.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • But she glanced frequently from the loophole to observe the movements of the yorker upon that side of the clearing.

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