follow through

Definitions

Cricket

  • noun
    (written as follow-through)
    the stage in a batting stroke after the ball has been struck, when the stroke is completed with an upward or lateral swing of the bat
    Citation ‘A full swing in the second half of the stroke is good because in any follow through freedom and length make for power’ (C.B. Fry, Cricket: batsmanship 1912)
  • noun
    (written as follow-through)
    the stage in a bowler’s delivery after the ball has been released, when the bowler completes his delivery stride and, if bowling relatively fast, continues running for several paces; a ‘deliberate and fluent follow-through’ is listed in the M.C.C. Coaching Manual (MCC 1952) as one of the four requirements for a good bowling action
    Citation ‘Cotter’s follow-through was also dramatic, taking him yards down the wicket before his arm’s swing finished’ (Edward Liddle, WCM December 1983)
  • noun
    (written as follow-through)
    a worn or roughened area on the pitch produced by the repeated impact of a bowler’s feet as he completes his delivery with a follow-through; such patches should not in theory appear directly between the wickets, since the Laws expressly forbid bowlers running down the pitch after a delivery (Law 42 § 12), but they may still be close enough to be exploited by a resourceful spinner
    Citation ‘Its texture when dry is such that the follow-throughs, even if not part of the main strip, can powder, offering some help to the versatile spinner’ (Brearley 1982)
  • verb to complete a batting stroke or a bowling action with a follow-through
    Citation ‘Like all other strokes, the cut should be followed through as far as possible’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)
    Citation ‘He [Flintoff] was following through almost three-quarters of the length of the pitch’ (Haigh 2005)

Military

  • verb to continue an action to its finish

Sports

  • noun
    (written as follow-through)
    the continuation of the movement of an arm or leg past the point of contact or of release after hitting, throwing or kicking a ball or other object
  • verb to continue the movement of an arm or leg past the point of contact or of release after hitting, throwing or kicking a ball or other object
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