[ shad-oh-boks ]
/ ˈʃæd oʊˌbɒks /
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verb (used without object)
to make the motions of attack and defense, as in boxing, as a training or conditioning procedure.
to evade or avoid direct or decisive action.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Words nearby shadowbox
Definition for shadowbox (2 of 2)
a shallow, rectangular frame fronted with a glass panel, used to show and at the same time protect items on display, as paintings, coins, or jewelry.
Also called shadow box frame .
Origin of shadow box
First recorded in 1905–10
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Example sentences from the Web for shadowbox
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British Dictionary definitions for shadowbox
boxing to practise blows and footwork against an imaginary opponent
to act or speak unconvincingly, without saying what one means, etche's just shadow-boxing
Derived forms of shadow-boxshadow-boxing, noun
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