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body English

An often involuntary or unconscious movement of the body to try and manipulate or influence the course of an object that is already in motion. I always find bowlers' body English humorous, as they contort their bodies to try to will the ball toward the pins.
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body English

Movements of the body that express a person's feelings, as in His body English tells us just how tired he is. This expression originated about 1900 in such sports as bowling and ice hockey, where a player tries to influence the path of a ball or puck by moving his body in a particular direction. (It was based on the earlier use of English to mean "spin imparted to a ball.")
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Still, even on the worst of Russian days, some Cossack kid has vivisected a nightcrawler, avoided an overhanging willow branch by employing expert body English, waited, yawned, finally tensed and set the hook.
That didn't work too well, since he really needed to use both hands, twist in his seat and put some body English into the effort.
Adrian Barlow of industry body English Apples and Pears, which published the figures, agreed Sainsbury's had put in a great performance but said he considered the results a "a dead heat" and that the difference between Tesco and Sainsbury's was "within the margin of error".
The project has created much controversy with local heritage lobbyists and the national body English Heritage, which is carrying out a study to determine whether or not it will damage the city's World Heritage Site.
These seasoned officers read my body English, listened to the tone of my voice and deduced accurately that I was a member of decent society in spite of my low-rent method of transportation.
Culture Minister Margaret Hodge declared the iconic venue a Grade II listed building -- the second-highest category -- on the advice of national preservation body English Heritage.
A 'surfer' puts both feet on the board and propels himself by means of body English, making for fun, sport and skill.
He invented a lexicon to describe his particular mode of abstraction--terms such as direct film, scratch film, body English, figure of motion, and old brain--insisting that his tangible sculptures were different from mobiles or other sculptures that merely moved.
A sunny dry spell now would provide an ideal scenario but even so, there should be a lot more English wine around next year, says Julia Trustram Eve, marketing director of the trade body English Wine Producers.
Physical threats and character aspersions mean little to Borri's proud protagonists beyond the opportunities they provide for flexing a little muscle and throwing a little body English into even the most benign situations.
London, Aug 4 (ANI): American musician Tommy Lee and Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson were spotted getting frisky with each another at Las Vegas club Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Conservation body English Heritage has joined councillors in demanding action to save a derelict Grade II listed church in Walsall.
Government body English Partnerships sold Bispham Tower in Liverpool centre to FM Developments for pounds 1.
I thought the situation was surreal enough to snap a photo for this article, but I held back after seeing numerous signs posted through the area prohibiting photography, and the body English of the Chinese border officials suggested that they might take exception to my Annie Leibovitz inclinations.
Campaigners successfully stopped a previous compulsory purchase order at the high court after taking on regeneration body English Partnerships (EP) at a public inquiry in 2005.