ball hog

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ball hog was in 1960

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“Ball hog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball%20hog. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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