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shadowbox

[shad-oh-boks]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make the motions of attack and defense, as in boxing, as a training or conditioning procedure.
  2. to evade or avoid direct or decisive action.
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Origin of shadowbox

First recorded in 1915–20; shadow + box2
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Word Origin and History for shadow boxing

n.

1906; see shadow (n.) + box (v.2). To shadow-box (v.) is attested from 1932. Shadow-fight is attested from 1768; cf. also sciamachy.

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