open stance


: a stance (as in golf) in which the forward foot is farther from the line of play than the back foot compare closed stance

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That open stance? Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2022 Right-handed hitter, hits from a narrow slightly open stance. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2023 Gorski took batting practice using an open stance to force himself to keep his back leg quiet. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2022 The Trump administration increased economic pressure on Cuba, reversing a shift under President Obama to a more open stance toward the nation that had led to an increase in travel between the two countries. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 Rather than doing this and increasing frustration, try taking an open stance with her. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 The first line of defense is self-control, showing a non-threatening, open stance. Patricia Fersch, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Archbishop Lefebvre rejected the break with liturgical tradition as well as other elements of the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council, known as Vatican II, including the church’s more open stance toward other religions. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 16 July 2021 An open stance and easy movements to the hitting positions enable him to quickly barrel baseballs with a short upper-cut stroke. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of open stance was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Open stance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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