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shadowbox

[ 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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Origin of shadowbox

First recorded in 1915–20; shadow + box2

Other definitions for shadowbox (2 of 2)

shadow box

noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for shadowbox

shadow-box

verb (intr)
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-box

shadow-boxing, noun
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