bank shot


: a shot in billiards and pool in which a player banks the cue ball or the object ball
: a shot in basketball played to rebound from the backboard into the basket

Examples of bank shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McDavid made it 3-0 with a bank shot off Bobrovsky just over three minutes later, leaving the Panthers reeling — and the probability of another 2,500-mile flight to Alberta looming large. Bailey Johnson, Washington Post, 19 June 2024 Jalen Brunson hit a go-ahead bank shot with less than five seconds left in regulation to put the Knicks up on the Oklahoma City Thunder — then on Easter Sunday, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rose to the occasion and hit a game-winning fade-away shot over Miles McBride. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 31 Mar. 2024 Bremer’s bank shot with 1:17 left gave Minnesota State a one-point lead. Ryan Finley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2024 McClatchy, meanwhile, made just one 3-point basket — and that one came on a prayer bank shot when the game was out of reach in overtime. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 3 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bank shot 

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bank shot was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Bank shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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