- a twisting of the body by a player as if to help a ball already hit, rolled, or kicked to travel in the desired direction.
Origin of body English
Related Words for body englishact, gesture, passage, stream, agitation, fluctuation, move, sweep, sign, tendency, oscillation, gesticulation, travel, mobility, progress, stir, inclination, direction, wavering, drift
Idioms and Phrases with body english
Movements of the body that express a person's feelings, as in His body English tells us just how tired he is. This expression originated about 1900 in such sports as bowling and ice hockey, where a player tries to influence the path of a ball or puck by moving his body in a particular direction. (It was based on the earlier use of English to mean “spin imparted to a ball.”)