One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cork to which feathers are attached to form a cone shape, or a similar object of plastic, struck with rackets in the games of badminton and battledore.
- ‘And her first attempts at badminton (at four) were fraught with difficulties because up till then she had dabbled with tennis, and expected the shuttlecock to bounce!’
- ‘There were also some children who, perhaps intrigued by badminton star Nigelia Saunders' Olympic debut, used their purple plastic rackets to knock shuttlecocks over a purple and lime-green net to each other.’
- ‘Like a fencer, I lunged forwards then soared into the air to meet the shuttlecock.’
- ‘It is interesting to note that there were no shuttlecock manufacturers in those days, so players had to make their own shuttlecocks from whatever materials were available.’
- ‘Adults still play a game with a shuttlecock made out of corn.’
- ‘On the other hand, maybe he was disturbed by the lights and wind at the stadium which make it difficult to control the shuttlecock.’
- ‘They tend to let the shuttlecock play them instead of attacking it.’
- ‘In the first two sets, Sony could not free himself from Bao's pressure and failed to return the shuttlecock to Bao's court.’
- ‘In 1956 / 57, when Dunmore entered team competition for the first time, shuttlecocks cost thirty shillings a box and membership fees consisted of five shillings registration and a half a crown a week.’
- ‘She let out a dry laugh and I hit the shuttlecock, then she ran to meet it, maintaining the rally in silence for a few seconds before continuing.’
- ‘He picked up the shuttlecock and we soon started a game, chatting amiably as we played.’
- ‘And I had the chance to finish off the match when I was leading 17-14 and my opponent hit a lame return, only for me to smack the shuttlecock into the net.’
- ‘Its primitive racquets and feather shuttlecocks were soon rendered obsolete by the discovery of celluloid.’
- ‘I thought this over as I got a shuttlecock and volleyed it against the wall.’
- ‘Cann returned her serve and Hughes stood back, waiting and hoping the shuttlecock would drop the wrong side of the white line.’
- ‘The Indonesians became increasingly desperate, illustrated by a misunderstanding at 10-13 as both men were wrong-footed as the shuttlecock landed in the middle of the court.’
- ‘Shon, who is partially sighted after being struck in the right eye by a shuttlecock when he was 15, certainly had his work cut out for him against his Indonesian opponent.’
- ‘He snapped his Achilles heel while bending to pick up a shuttlecock and will be in plaster for three months.’
- ‘The club has just recently been awarded a Network Fund grant of £6200 which will be spent on the maintainance and upkeep of the courts at the club and also on new shuttlecocks, nets and clothing for members.’
- ‘The left-handed Wong took the first game quickly at 7-1 with his accurate shots as Marlev made too many unforced errors, sending the shuttlecock to the net or behind Wong's line.’
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