Definition of off drive in English:

off drive


  • A drive to the off side.

    • ‘Scoring is important too, because without the threat of hitting outside shots or finishing off drives, they became one-dimensional.’
    • ‘Shalders immediately started to score, stroking a well-timed off drive through the covers for 4.’
    • ‘That left the South African needing to hit the last ball for four to tie and six to win but his off-drive was fielded on the boundary edge and Somerset scraped home by two runs.’
    • ‘A classic off drive from Elliott brought up the hundred, and Somerset were in desperate need of a wicket.’
    • ‘He began his assault with a fantastic off drive against the spin of Nikhil Chopra and from then on there was no stopping him.’


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  • Drive (the ball) to the off side; drive a ball from (a bowler) to the off side.

    ‘Greig began by off-driving Chandra for four’
    • ‘And now, as I finish typing the last sentence, Tendulkar off-drives Shoaib for four.’
    • ‘He began by powerfully striking Steffan Jones over mid-wicket and continued by elegantly off-driving Caddick to the fence.’
    • ‘Hameed off-drove Pathan for a boundary in the first over, but Afridi got out first ball to Balaji, edging a catch into the hands of Rahul Dravid at first slip.’
    • ‘Anthony McGrath and Michael Lumb survived until the rain returned at 55-3 and on the resumption Lumb off-drove Panesar's first ball for four.’
    • ‘Bowler had just gone to his 50 off 63 balls with six fours when he off-drove Craig White to Hoggard but then Cox and Ian Blackwell tore the bowling to shreds.’