body check

noun

: a blocking of an opposing player with the body (as in ice hockey or lacrosse)
bodycheck transitive verb

Examples of body check in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He usually is sent onto the ice if the Rangers or MSG need waking up with a couple of violent body checks or strategic penalties. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 25 May 2024 Brinkley also called regular total body checks a must. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 13 Mar. 2024 And doing regular total body check ups..that is a MUST! Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 13 Mar. 2024 And as the ball sailed through the air, Brooklyn guard Dennis Schroder was delivering a light body check to Conley’s sternum. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 25 Feb. 2024 There are crushing body checks, like the shoulder-to-chest flattening of Connor McDavid in February of last season. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Apr. 2023 However, before player introductions the players lean into each other and do this body check/shoulder bump/forearm bump type of thing. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2023 Do a full-body check. Lauren Krouse, Health.com, 18 May 2021 In 1995, Quincy High hockey player Matthew Messing wasn’t as fortunate, dying after taking a body check to the chest. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of body check was in 1869

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“Body check.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body%20check. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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