from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In cricket, to strike (a ball), usually a half volley, forcibly, so as to send (it) somewhere on the off-side, in front of point.
  • n. In cricket, a powerful stroke by which an over-pitched ball is hit somewhere on the off-side, in front of point.


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  • R.E. Foster type -- wrist shots past cover, and an honest off-drive.

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  • And, if Doe made a fine off-drive, all the onlookers (and Doe himself) turned and glanced at

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  • Sorry to cut you over with that off-drive; but you shouldn't have come in without knocking.

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  • The latter made a magnificent off-drive, and invited his colleague to "come along," with the result that the observant spectators applauded them for what was supposed to have been three sharp runs.

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  • Iffy off-drive from Cook which brings a thick inside-edge but the Essex opener picks up a couple with a tickle down to square-leg.

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  • They swap singles off the first two balls of the over, before Cook plays a lovely off-drive straight back past the bowler for four to move to 39. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Bell's lofted off-drive for four off Steve Smith allowed him to reach his half-century

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  • That really is top shelf from Bell, I'm not ashamed to say I made a rather erotic sound as he unfurled that one, a doozy of an off-drive for two.

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