Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Weird Word Wednesday
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Definition of deke
: to fake (an opponent) out of position (as in ice hockey)
: to deke an opponent
Deke originated as a shortened form of "decoy." Ernest Hemingway used "deke" as a noun referring to hunting decoys in his 1950 novel Across the River and into the Trees ("I offered to put the dekes out with him"). About a decade later, "deke" began appearing in ice-hockey contexts in Canadian print sources as both a verb and a noun ("the act of faking an opponent out of position").
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