She's got a great spike!

Discussion in 'English Only' started by amateurr, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. amateurr

    amateurr Senior Member

    The action takes place at school during gym class. Kids are playing volleyball. And one of the girls accidentally hit a boy on the head with a ball. She walks up to him to say sorry.

    Bella: "I'm sorry I told them not to let me play."
    Boy: "You're Isabella, right?"

    Here comes up another girl and say: "She's got a great spike, huh?"

    Could you tell me what she means by "great spike"?

  2. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    Spike- "the act or an instance of spiking (as in volleyball)"

    Spiking: to drive (as a volleyball) sharply downward with a hard blow;

    M-W Online
  3. amateurr

    amateurr Senior Member

    Does this expression have anything to do with spikes on sports shoes?
  4. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    No. It is instead the very specific term for a way of hitting a volleyball. If I were to speculate, based on nothing at all, I would assume that the term derives from the fact that a real spike (such as a railroad spike) is driven downward quickly and forcefully.

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