ball hog

noun

Definition of ball hog

chiefly US
: a player on a team sport (such as basketball) who controls and shoots the ball excessively instead of passing it to teammates : a player who hogs the ball Prodigiously gifted, Bryant can also get under his teammates' skin—an occasional ball hog on the court and standoffish in the locker room.— Allison Samuels et al., Newsweek, 19 June 2000

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First Known Use of ball hog

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Ball hog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball%20hog. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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