a sport resembling boxing but permitting blows to be delivered with the feet as well as the hands.
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How to use savate in a sentence
La savate—a military practice of beating with an old shoe soldiers unskilful at drill.Bouvard and Pcuchet | Gustave Flaubert
Also he had practiced the savate and was familiar with jiu jitsu—but he didn't need either of them.The Vagrant Duke | George Gibbs
It is a development of the old sport of savate, in which the feet, and not the hands, were used in attack.
He fought on with hands and feet, even drawing, against these odds, on the savate he had learned in Paris.The Girl in the Mirror | Elizabeth Garver Jordan
Indeed, if the object of boxing be to use all means of offence and defence, the savate is indispensable.
British Dictionary definitions for savate
a form of boxing in which blows may be delivered with the feet as well as the hands
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