box out

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box out

1. To create or outline the borders of some square or rectangular area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "box" and "out." We'll need to box out an area in the back yard for the new vegetable patch.
2. In basketball, to position and maneuver oneself between the basket and an opposing player so as to intercept a rebound following a shot. A noun or pronoun can be used between "box" and "out." You've got to start boxing him out, or else he's going to keep getting those rebounds all day long!
3. In hockey, to position and maneuver oneself in such a way as to prevent an opposing player from gaining a clear shot on net. A noun or pronoun can be used between "box" and "out." During a power play, when you're down a player, you have to be able to box out the other team.
4. To exclude someone from a situation, especially through deceit or manipulation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "box" and "out." The entire board of directors is trying to box me out of the decision-making process.
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