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intr.v. sha·dow·boxed, sha·dow·box·ing, sha·dow·box·es
To spar with an imaginary opponent, as for exercise or training purposes.

shad′ow·box′ing n.
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Noun1.shadowboxing - sparring with an imaginary opponent (for exercise or training)shadowboxing - sparring with an imaginary opponent (for exercise or training)
practice session, practice, drill, exercise, recitation - systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"
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We're focused on making Mudavadi the next president and shadowboxing is not part of our business, he said.
He was in the bathroom shadowboxing. I'm not concerned at all," Gibbons told Filipino scribes at Pacquiao's posh Skyloft Suite inside the MGM Grand on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).
Pacquiao had just unleashed a combination during his shadowboxing routine when he decided to stop and heed the call of his corner for a break.
In the absence of that, what we see is mere shadowboxing.
Lagman of the First District of Albay said shadowboxing by each chamber is a constitutional issue that needs to be raised to the Supreme Court.
on the inside; shadowboxing. On air hustling to hear secret, honest
Synopsis: "Shadowboxing with Bukowski" by Darrell Kastin is the tragicomic, cautionary tale of a young bookseller who struggles to keep his bookstore afloat in the harbor town of San Pedro, CA, where the infamous Charles Bukowski resides.
He blasted: "I don't get the idea that people think we're shadowboxing for four or five weeks, it's ridiculous talk.
Continuing his shadowboxing, Pacquiao briefly turned into a perpetual-motion machine as he threw combinations.
But the United captain did not seem perturbed by the episode and scored a fine goal in the 3-0 rout against Tottenham before celebrating with a display of shadowboxing in the corner.
Our belief is that the government does not have the numbers in the Rajya Sabha, are the shadowboxing? We'll know on Monday morning."
" For the last several decades, they ( UDF and LDF) have been hoodwinking the people by engaging in political shadowboxing," he added.