forehand

[fawr-hand, fohr-]
adjective
1.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) of, pertaining to, or noting a stroke made from the same side of the body as that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc. Compare backhand ( def 5 ).
2.
being in front or ahead.
3.
foremost or leading.
4.
done beforehand; given or made in advance, as a payment.
noun
5.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) a forehand stroke.
6.
the part of a horse that is in front of the rider.
7.
Cards. the player on the dealer's left, in a game with three players. Compare endhand, middlehand.
8.
Archaic. a superior or advantageous position.
adverb
9.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) with a forehand stroke.

Origin:
1535–45; fore- + hand

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forehand (ˈfɔːˌhænd)
 
adj
1.  sport
 a.  (of a stroke) made with the racket held so that the wrist is facing the direction of the stroke
 b.  of or relating to the right side of a right-handed player or the left side of a left-handed player
2.  foremost or paramount
3.  done or given beforehand
 
n
4.  sport
 a.  a forehand stroke
 b.  the side on which such strokes are made
5.  the part of a horse in front of the saddle
6.  a frontal position
 
adv
7.  sport with a forehand stroke
 
vb
8.  sport to play (a shot) forehand

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forehand
tennis stroke, 1889, from fore + hand.
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Example sentences
To do this, stand on top of the log and cut with both the forehand swing and the backhand swing.
When he slides to make a get in the forehand corner, he uses the right leg.
Again, he serves and volleys, and again a forehand volley winner.
There was juice in her forehand and steam behind her resilience.
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