shadow boxing

shadow boxing

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.

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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