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(in sport) a backward movement of the bat or leg before playing a stroke or kicking the ball.
- ‘To be fair to the goalkeeper, there was virtually no backlift to his shot, so the power and accuracy was deceptive.’
- ‘He has a short backlift, reads the game well and never gives up.’
- ‘Some 30 yards out, with little or no backlift, he half-volleyed a loose ball over the defence and inside the right-hand post, a strike so startling that even he didn't quite know how to celebrate.’
- ‘With maybe three paces, with half the customary backlift of a player intending to blast the ball, he guided it with his right instep.’
- ‘His high swift backlift and prancing leap into the shot are instantly recognisable.’
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