bank shot


Definition of bank shot

1 : a shot in billiards and pool in which a player banks the cue ball or the object ball
2 : 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 Mount de Sales senior Emma Wallace drove down the middle of the lane and hit a 10-foot bank shot with four seconds left to give the host Sailors a 58-57 victory over St. Mary’s on Tuesday night. Craig Clary,, 11 Jan. 2022 After San Antonio’s Lonnie Walker put the Spurs ahead with 14.9 seconds to go on a floating bank shot, Snyder opted not to call timeout. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 Last spring, the Final Four classic between the Bruins and Bulldogs was decided on a 40-foot bank shot. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 The eye initially saw Jordan Poole make a 47-foot bank shot before halftime to spark the Warriors’ comeback from 19 down to winning by 20 on Wednesday night against Philadelphia. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Nov. 2021 But in the closing minutes, the Celtics surged ahead; the dagger was a high-degree-of-difficulty bank shot by Havlicek with nine seconds left. Ben Yagoda, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2021 Pitt transfer Terrell Brown-Soares hit a fall-away bank shot and the lead hit 30, 47-17. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2021 Another straightaway 3 by Gallinari and a bank shot by Young put Atlanta ahead 111-103 with 3:26 to play. George Henry, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 When Chris Paul hit a running bank shot with less than a second left to give the Clippers a win in Game 2, everything seemed to be favoring the better seed in the 4-5 matchup. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of bank shot

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jan 2022

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“Bank shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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