shadowboxing

shadowbox

[shad-oh-boks]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make the motions of attack and defense, as in boxing, as a training or conditioning procedure.
2.
to evade or avoid direct or decisive action.

Origin:
1915–20; shadow + box2

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shadowbox

verb
go through boxing motions without an opponent 
shadowboxing

noun
sparring with an imaginary opponent (for exercise or training) 
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