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Football Language: A Shimmy

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A shimmy is a move in football in which a player tries to beat a player by pretending to do one thing but then does another – for example, pretending to go to the left but instead moving to the right. It is similar to the word ‘dummy’ or ‘feint’ as in the player feinted to the right and left the defender behind. A shimmy.

  • Example: The winger shimmied past the defender and centred for the striker to head home.
  • Example: Ronaldo left the defender in his wake after a shimmy.

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