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.
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Other 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.”)
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