fore·​check ˈfȯr-ˌchek How to pronounce forecheck (audio)
forechecked; forechecking; forechecks

intransitive verb

: to check an opponent in ice hockey in the opponent's defensive zone
forechecker noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Coach Marc Crawford promised his team would forecheck better, go to the net better and get in the Wings’ faces better. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2022 Credit Sean Kuraly for forechecking hard to set up the goal, Boston’s second in 27 seconds., 24 Dec. 2019 The winner came when Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk forechecked their way into a chance., 23 Oct. 2019 Still, not every team forechecks like the New York Islanders — and not every team can fly off the rush like the Maple Leafs. Richard Morin, azcentral, 29 Nov. 2019 The Kings remain vulnerable against speedy teams and hard-forechecking teams, and injuries to defensemen Jake Muzzin and Derek Forbort leave Stevens with big holes to fill. Helene Elliott,, 6 Apr. 2018 In hockey parlance, that’s a forechecking strategy known as don’t make Wirtz get out of his chair. Steve Rosenbloom,, 19 June 2018 Iafallo is not among the Kings' top 10 scorers but his forechecking presence next to Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown allows the Kings to align better, depth-wise, on the left side. Curtis Zupke,, 10 Apr. 2018 Follow live: Red Wings, NHL trade deadline rumor mill The Wings forechecked, generated shots, and played well overall as five-man units. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 16 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forecheck was in 1951

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Cite this Entry

“Forecheck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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