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[fol-oh-throo, -throo]
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  1. the completion of a motion, as in the stroke of a tennis racket.
  2. the portion of such a motion after the ball has been hit.
  3. the act of continuing a plan, project, scheme, or the like to its completion.
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Origin of follow-through

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase follow through
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Related Words for follow-through

impact, reaction, influence, effect, reverberation, backlash, fallout, feedback, kickback, rebound, mark, imprint, recoil, result, echo, flak, follow-through, follow-up, waves, re-echo

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Contemporary Examples of follow-through

Historical Examples of follow-through

  • Let us, for instance, examine these two statements with regard to the follow-through.

    The Soul of Golf

    Percy Adolphus Vaile

  • Our staff artist caught him as he was shooting his first rock of the season, using the follow-through system.

  • One sometimes sees misguided golfers, or would-be golfers, practising their follow-through in a very theatrical manner.

    The Soul of Golf

    Percy Adolphus Vaile

  • I think that Vardon's follow-through in his put is now not so low as it was, and the consequence is that his putting has improved.

    The Soul of Golf

    Percy Adolphus Vaile

  • If the follow-through were short and wrong it would indicate that the work during the impact was wrong too.

    The Soul of Golf

    Percy Adolphus Vaile

Word Origin and History for follow-through


1897, of golf swings, from verbal phrase follow through. Figurative use from 1926.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper