Definition of body check in English:

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body check


(Especially in ice hockey) an act of deliberately obstructing a player by bumping into them.
Example sentences
  • After all, a body-check is blatant obstruction and should be punished accordingly.
  • It is also a highly physical sport and body-checks can sometimes see players crashing to the ground without any punishment being meted out by officials.
  • The lone forward skimmed past Iván Helguera with seven minutes go before attracting a ferocious body-check just outside the area from David Albelda.


(body-check) [with object]
Obstruct (a player) with a body check: (as noun body-checking) no body-checking is allowed so the pitched battles which often feature in ice hockey are rare
More example sentences
  • How many times have we seen players being body-checked when trying to take a return pass?
  • With the score at 1-1 thanks to Carl Fletcher's equaliser, Camp denied Marlon Harewood a clear goal-scoring chance by body-checking the West Ham striker just outside the penalty area but Mason showed only a yellow card.
  • Ljungberg has just been cynically body-checked by Pellegrino, leaving Arsenal with a great free-kick opportunity, 25 yards out.

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