circus catch


: a catch (as in baseball or football) requiring an extraordinary or spectacular effort

Examples of circus catch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brandon Aiyuk's circus catch was a game-changer in the NFC title game. USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Ridley had three receptions for 50 yards, including a circus catch good for a 28-yard gain to the Miami 3-yard line that set up the first touchdown of the game. Mark Inabinett |, al, 26 Aug. 2023 None of it happens without Poole's circus catch. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Oct. 2021 The circus catch that was tipped a few different times puts them on the board!! Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2022 After Darnell Mooney of the Bears made a circus catch that gave his team a 39-yard gain on the first play after the two-minute warning, the Vikings lost their confidence. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 The rookie made a circus catch on his second reception for a 36-yard gain. Mark Inabinett |, al, 22 Sep. 2022 In center Senzel was a moment late in his attempt at a circus catch, slamming into the wall and then crumpling to the warning track as the ball caromed past him. Alex Speier,, 20 Sep. 2022 Benet’s Pat Pitello used all of his 145 pounds and needed every inch of his 5-foot-11 frame to fight off the defender and make the circus catch. Matt Le Cren, Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of circus catch was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Circus catch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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