body English


Definition of body English

1 : bodily motions made in a usually unconscious effort to influence the progress of a propelled object (such as a ball)
2 : the bodily movements a rider makes to supplement basic steering of a vehicle … learning to control the howling machine with a combination of throttle and body English— Peter Passell
3 : body language I was beginning to learn his body English. His hand tightened on mine and he indicated that he wanted to leave.— Harper Lee

First Known Use of body English

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Body English.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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