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English definition of “shadowbox”

shadowbox

verb [I] uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ.bɒks/ us    /-oʊ.bɑːks/
to fight an imaginary enemy by hitting the air with your hands to pretend to argue about or deal with a problem, often to avoid dealing with the most important problem: The main political parties are merely shadowboxing, instead of tackling the real economic problems facing this country.
shadowboxing
noun [U]
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