take the body


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take the body

To deal or attempt to deal out a physical blow, as in a tackle or body slam, in a full-contact sport, especially ice hockey. With the defensive players expecting him to take the body, Emerson managed to fake them out and slip the puck past the goalie. They may have better technical skill, but if we can keep taking the body, we'll wear them down.
See also: body, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take the body

Sports
To play in a rough physical way, dealing out many body checks, as in hockey.
See also: body, take
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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