Definition of body English in US English:

body English


North American
  • A bodily action after throwing, hitting, or kicking a ball, intended as an attempt to influence the ball's trajectory.

    ‘see him waving and using body English to try to keep the ball from going foul’
    • ‘His booming voice was complemented by a genius for body English.’
    • ‘He rarely got up except to offer some body English for long-range shots and to implore his troops to ‘Go!’’
    • ‘This will often require substantial patience, careful alignment, and a bit of body English.’