buzzer-beater

noun buzz·er-beat·er

Definition of buzzer-beater

plural buzzer-beaters
basketball
: 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 SmithBasketball DigestJanuary 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 Times18 Mar. 2001

buzzer-beating

adjective
    • a buzzer-beating shot

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First Known Use of buzzer-beater

1965


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