bump-and-run

noun
variants: or less commonly bump and run

Definition of bump-and-run

1 American football : a defensive play in which a defender attempts to disrupt a wide receiver from running the intended route by bumping or otherwise contacting the receiver at the line of scrimmage In contrast, the Patriots played nothing but bump-and-run against the Colts in the AFC championship game, beating up the Indianapolis receivers.— Paul Attner, Sporting News, February 2004
2 golf : a low shot that is played to bounce and then roll toward the hole I learned the hard way that the bump-and-run was the intelligent shot because it's easier to hit than a delicate pitch, takes less nerve, and offers more margin for error.— Greg Norman, Golf, January 1996

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First Known Use of bump-and-run

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bump-and-run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bump-and-run. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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