One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deceptive movement or feint that induces an opponent to move out of position.
- ‘The system uses combinations of moves on the right analog stick or both analog sticks in unison (to shoot while deking) to produce a specific deke result.’
- ‘One-timers are easier to execute, as are dekes.’
- ‘Since you have independent control of both the stick/puck and the skater's body and momentum, you have to manage both to pull of an effective deke move.’
- ‘Spins, dekes, shot fakes, and, yes, poke checks, are all accounted for.’
- ‘It uses classic deke controls to skate past, around, or through defenders, then rip the back of the net with pin-point accuracy.’
with object and adverbial Draw (a player) out of position by performing a deke.
- ‘The crowd was on its feet with a roar as she spun counterclockwise, deked out the goaltender, snapped the puck home at an impossible angle, and slid back-first into the boards on her rear.’
- ‘His spin moves, particularly down low, have left defenders standing alone and goaltenders deked out of their skates.’
- ‘Players now tie each other up in intricate pretzels, crouch to let another player fly over their backs and deke faster than lightning.’
- ‘He skates in alone on the goaltender, dekes the netminder to his knees, and flips the puck high into the open net.’
- ‘He deked and ball faked and muscled his way past every last one.’
1960s: shortened form of decoy.
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