baby hook


Definition of baby hook

: a short hook shot made from close to the basket with an abbreviated motion of the shooting arm If the ball gets to her, she puts it over her head and spins for a turnaround or baby hook with either hand.— Frank Litsky, New York Times, 24 Mar. 1996

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First Known Use of baby hook

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Baby hook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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