body English

noun

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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