I was wondering what do you normally call performing some movements / motions which attracts the audience by a motorcycle / bicycle / car / plane or the movements in martial arts (like karate) or in soccer when a player is doing with a ball? Please have a look on the following images and let me know which single verb is used to describe all these actions?

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I wonder which type of movements / motions they are doing?

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    I'd just call them all [acrobatic] stunts (perhaps aerobatic stunt for the plane). "Stunts" are nearly always performed in order to impress an audience. Aug 11 '19 at 17:24
  • Thank you @FumbleFingers, just do you perform acrobatic stunts with a motorcycle/car/plane? Does a soccer/karate player perform acrobatic stunts too?
    – A-friend
    Aug 11 '19 at 17:27
  • One way to see how a word is used is to look at the dictionary examples. One is "perform a stunt" because after all, it is a performance. Note you can perform stunts on a motorcycle, like the way you ride it. Aug 11 '19 at 17:45
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    @A-friend: I'd probably say [acrobatic] stunts on a motorcycle, but it's not really a context where it's meaningful to say only one preposition works (besides which you could just go for the prepositionless "noun adjunct" usage motorcycle stunts). And for a car or plane, the main choices would be with or in (not on). Aug 11 '19 at 18:03
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    Bear in mind that most people don't do, and rarely see such activities (that's why they're stunts - they attract attention because they're "unusual"). So the general population don't necessarily have a well-developed vocabulary or syntax for the context. Me, for example, I wouldn't know what to call what the martial arts guy is holding (and he might even be offended if I called it a stick or a snooker cue! :) But yeah - in principle they're all doing stunts with ["props"]. Aug 12 '19 at 12:36

To answer the question "what is performing something to attract attention or to show-off" and not the individual stunt names:

flaunt: Display (something) ostentatiously, especially in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance.Source

As mentioned in the original comments these would be considered stunts, the soccer player and martial artist aren't specifically performing stunts as what they are doing are routine exercises for their sport. They would only be considered stunts or showing off their acrobatics if they were performed outside of their normal venue (gymnasium or soccer field). Which they both appear to be.



to give a performance : PLAY

This is an intransitive verb, so you just say that the motorcycle rider/karate artist/juggler/whatever performed.


There is no verb that applies to all those pictures.

But pictures #1, 3, 5, and 6 show someone with an arm or both arms fully extended.

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