plural buzzer-beaters

Definition of buzzer-beater

: 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

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Other Words from buzzer-beater

buzzer-beating adjective
a buzzer-beating shot

First Known Use of buzzer-beater

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Buzzer-beater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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