buzzer–beater

noun buzz·er–beat·er

Definition of buzzer–beater

plural

buzzer–beaters

basketball

  1. :  a shot successfully made just before a buzzer or horn sounds to signal the end of a period; especially :  such a shot made to win a game just before the final buzzer or horn sounds A few weeks later, he had his first buzzer-beater, a game-winning shot as time expired to beat the Knicks. — Sam Smith, Basketball Digest, January 1994 Washington's Loree Payne had the buzzer-beater, taking an inbound pass with 0.7 seconds left and sinking a 15-footer as the horn blared to give Washington a 67–65 victory over Old Dominion at Gainesville, Fla. — New York Times, 18 Mar. 2001

buzzer–beating

adjective a buzzer-beating shot

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First Known Use of buzzer–beater

1965


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