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kung fu

[kuhng foo, koo ng] /ˈkʌŋ ˈfu, ˈkʊŋ/
an ancient Chinese method of self-defense by striking blows at vulnerable areas of an attacker's body using fluid movements of the hands and legs.
Origin of kung fu
< Chinese gōngfú literally, skill Unabridged
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kung fu

/ˈkʌŋ ˈfuː/
any of various Chinese martial arts, some focusing on unarmed combat, others involving the use of weapons
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from Chinese: skill, accomplishment
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kung fu


1966, from dialectal Chinese kung fu, said to meant literally "merit master," but Barnhart has it as "boxing method."

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