break point

noun

Definition of break point

: a situation in tennis in which the receiving player can win the game by scoring the next point also : the point so scored

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Cilic then earned three more break points in the eighth game and converted with a forehand winner crosscourt to take a 5-3 lead. USA TODAY, "The Latest: Tears of joys flow after Federer wins 20th major," 28 Jan. 2018 The Kings made seven 3-pointers and had 20 fast-break points in the first quarter to take a 14-point lead before the Spurs fought back in the second to briefly go back ahead. Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Bagley’s career-high 24 points lead Kings past Spurs 127-112," 4 Feb. 2019 Later inspection found a wooden pole with bullets and bullet holes near its breaking point, the company said. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Power Line Near California Wildfire Had Damage," 11 Dec. 2018 In the fifth set, Djokovic survived three break point chances with the score tied at 7-7. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic Rolls to Wimbledon Title," 15 July 2018 Milwaukee also had a 19-2 edge in fast-break points. Rich Rovito, The Seattle Times, "Antetokounmpo scores 30 points as Bucks down Jazz 114-102," 7 Jan. 2019 Eyeing that breaking point, the Trump administration’s plan was more ambitious, giving countries a six-month window to slash purchases at a steeper rate. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Europe Hopes Oil Demand From China, India and Turkey Will Keep Iran in Nuclear Deal," 24 Sep. 2018 McNally served-and-volleyed down break point more than once—and make dozens of dashes to the net. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Looking Back at Roland Garros," 13 June 2018 Van Uytvanck, who replaced Kirsten Flipkens for the second reverse singles, saved the break point and got another match point when Parmentier sent a two-handed backhand wide. USA TODAY, "France wins doubles to beat Belgium 3-2 in Fed Cup," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of break point

1969, in the meaning defined above

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