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knock-up Line breaks: knock-up

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Definition of knock-up in English:


(In tennis or other racket sports) a period of practice play, especially before formal play begins.
Example sentences
  • The final decision was deferred until after a final practice session today, but a light knock-up with Courteau confirmed her worst fears and Mauresmo sat courtside in the Rod Laver Arena with her head buried in a towel.
  • I have been playing more squash recently and in the knock-up I again felt confident and was pulling off shots that surprised and impressed me for their accuracy and technique.
  • Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a knock-up on the courts.
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