Definition of body swerve in English:

body swerve


  • 1An abrupt swerving movement of the whole body, used as a tactic to avoid contact or collision.

    ‘he beat the goalkeeper with a body swerve before scoring with a well-executed shot from a difficult angle’
    • ‘The same argument goes also well for Dhillon, whose dribbling skill and body swerves are not matched by many youngsters aspiring to be at the summit.’
    • ‘Players rely on feints, body swerves and huge leaps in the air to pass, control the ball and shoot.’
    • ‘He nods it to me, I feign to go right, but at the last moment I give him the old Stanley Matthews body swerve and bullet it to the left.’
    • ‘The shop was closed so I decided to wander around for awhile only to have one of my other brothers body swerve me.’
    • ‘Another neat body swerve took him past Travers again and he rattled the net with his shot.’
    • ‘The baby-faced assassin took the ball from Forshaw before moving in for the kill with an outrageous body swerve.’
    • ‘So is Ignace Tirkey, whose enterprise in moving into the thick of action with delightful body swerves has given the team several happy moments.’
    • ‘Collecting the ball at pace, he carved his way through the Hull defence with a series of bewildering body swerves and side-steps to score from 40 yards.’
    • ‘He caused them enormous headaches trying to find solutions to his zig-zagging footwork and well-mustered body swerves.’
    • ‘A couple of body swerves later, he crosses and Cris's intended interception pops up nicely for Alan Shearer to head home from all of one yard.’
    dart, bolt, duck, dive, swerve, body-swerve, sidestep, veer, lunge, jump, leap, spring
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    1. 1.1 An act of avoiding or evading someone or something.
      ‘most of the big-time golfers made their excuses and gave the event a body swerve’


[NO OBJECT]British
  • 1Make an abrupt swerving movement of the whole body in order to avoid contact or collision.

    ‘I grabbed my coat, body-swerved round the chair and bolted’
    1. 1.1with object Avoid or evade.
      ‘he advises the squeamish to body-swerve the food markets’
      ‘Harte opted to body-swerve the question’


body swerve