Definition of body swerve in US 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He caused them enormous headaches trying to find solutions to his zig-zagging footwork and well-mustered body swerves.’
    • ‘So is Ignace Tirkey, whose enterprise in moving into the thick of action with delightful body swerves has given the team several happy moments.’
    • ‘The shop was closed so I decided to wander around for awhile only to have one of my other brothers body swerve me.’
    • ‘Players rely on feints, body swerves and huge leaps in the air to pass, control the ball and shoot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’