shadowbox Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “shadowbox” in the English Dictionary

"shadowbox" in British English

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shadowboxverb [I]

uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ.bɒks/  us   /-oʊ.bɑːks/
to ​fight an ​imaginaryenemy by ​hitting the ​air with ​yourhands UK to ​pretend to ​argue about or ​deal with a ​problem, often to ​avoiddealing with the most ​importantproblem: The ​mainpoliticalparties are ​merely shadowboxing, ​instead of ​tackling the ​realeconomicproblemsfacing this ​country.
noun [U]
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