Definition of shadowbox in US English:



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  • Spar with an imaginary opponent as a form of training.

    • ‘In other words, the on-screen Italian American has not only had to shadow box with his own persona, but with other ethnically and racially marginalized groups.’
    • ‘When they were done, Hearns didn't do anything else but loosen up and shadow box.’
    • ‘This man has been seen stripping down to his underwear and shadow-boxing all in the name of sports elitism.’
    • ‘Some of the fighters who were often ranked higher than Frazier lost their titles to fighters who on their best day would be honored to pay their way into the gym just to see him shadow box.’
    • ‘‘You have to go into games and simply look to shadow box with the other guy, be competitive and hope to get a few breaks,’ Predators coach Barry Trotz says.’
    • ‘Duran paid him no mind and continued to shadow box.’
    • ‘The words sound very outspoken and authoritative, but are really shadow-boxing: nobody who is sufficiently civilised in approach to be reading such a book is likely to disagree with them.’
    • ‘Greer scorns the spectacle of ‘a modern Hamlet bumbling and dithering around the stage, shadow-boxing with his own personality, especially when the part is played in a cinematic inward-turning way.’’
    • ‘And boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who rarely does adverts, promotes the drink by shadow-boxing with inner-city children in Miami.’
    • ‘As we do not yet know the actual timing and circumstances of the election, speculation at the moment is basically shadow-boxing.’
    • ‘He adopted a fighting stance and shadow-boxed.’
    • ‘Cheap mirrors reflect distorted amusement-park images of fighters who shadow-box before them.’
    • ‘For uninitiated readers, it must seem like shadow-boxing.’
    • ‘Resentment of foreign influence encouraged the growth of a clandestine society called ‘Fists of Righteous Harmony’, known to Europeans as Boxers from its Chinese name and practice of ritual shadow-boxing.’
    • ‘He has a few rounds of shadow-boxing with Ahriman, recites some metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, and that's it.’
    • ‘There had been considerable speculation in advance one or both sides would engage in a form of shadow-boxing, but in the event it turned out to be a competitive and entertaining game.’
    • ‘She senses that the characters and the stories are more real to Howard than anyone realizes; after all, this is a man who will shadow box his way down the street, working out details and dialogue for his next yarn.’
    • ‘The emblem of the Beijing Olympics, resembling a five-pointed star in the colours of the Olympic rings, represents a person doing traditional shadow-boxing (tai chi).’
    • ‘At least Richardson has had a chance to race through part of this summer, where all the athletes have seemed to be shadow-boxing their way to the Olympics.’
    • ‘Things are going to go wrong on the first day, but it is like shadow-boxing: it is not going to be the real fight.’


shadow box
  • A case with a protective transparent front, used for displaying jewelry, coins, or other small objects.

    • ‘Above the mantel a wooden shadow box holds a half-model of a three-masted clipper ship, which was discovered in a barn in Navesink, New Jersey.’
    • ‘For some of the other jewelry, take it to a frame store and see if they can put it into a shadow box.’
    • ‘My family saved mine for years, and my cousin has her kids' Easter eggs in a shadow box in the dining room.’
    • ‘When she opened it, she found a mahogany shadow-box containing the music to her favorite song, ‘Soon It's Gonna Rain,’ a ticket to the show; a copy of the program, signed by all of us; and sundry other items associated with the production.’
    • ‘It takes on especially menacing overtones with its placement next to another shadow box by the same artist.’
    • ‘I have my three-generation shadow box framed: my mother with baby pictures and baby shoes, me with pictures and shoes and my son's baby pictures and shoes.’
    • ‘If a customer brings back a piece because, say, a thread broke on a shadow box, Meyer will immediately apologize and ask if there is anything she can do to make it up to him.’
    • ‘The slick surface and white frame surround the image like the shallowest of shadow-boxes.’
    • ‘She said a shadow box is such a personal gift that people need some prodding to get them thinking about what they can do for a special person.’
    • ‘I then lined the shadow box with Crescent wheat mat board before cutting two 1/4-inch plywood boards to fit into the back rabbet of the frame.’
    • ‘Toys of genius these shadow-boxes bedecked with astronomical adornments are.’
    • ‘Tucker's winning entry - an LP-shaped shadow box - featured authentic Beatles memorabilia and a state-of-the-art sound system.’
    • ‘I particularly liked this year's composition of a white shadow box with dangling shapes that the students had to assemble themselves.’
    • ‘At first, I suggested a standard shadow box, one that would capture the theme she was trying to portray.’
    • ‘Just recently, I had them framed in a nice shadow box.’
    • ‘I attached the framed photo in one corner by drilling two 1/4-inch holes into the easel (drilling just one will allow it to swivel within the frame) and screwing it to the bottom of the shadow box.’
    • ‘Using wire and polyurethane, her works may take the form of a shadow box, such as ‘Permeance’, or as a figural sculpture, such as ‘Goodbye Goddess’.’
    • ‘Nothing impresses a framer's skills on a customer more fully than his or her ability to mount a kimono perfectly in a 4-by 6-foot shadow box.’
    • ‘He went over to his dresser, put away the shadow box in its bottom drawer, and took out one of his larger shirts, and went into the bathroom to take a very long shower.’
    • ‘The show also features Bertrand's paintings, some installations and a series of shadow-boxes..’