bodyline

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Noun[edit]

bodyline (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of body line.
  2. (cricket, now historical) Bodyline bowling (see adjective, below).

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Adjective[edit]

bodyline (not comparable)

  1. (cricket, now historical) Designating a form of bowling (now against the rules) characterised by fast, short-pitched balls aimed at the batsman's body or leg stump rather than the wicket.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 3:
      The Cousins changed the game entirely, said the blimpish fellow: much as he might have deplored power tennis or bodyline bowling.

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