circus catch


Definition of circus catch

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

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Vikings cornerback Chris Cook found out how difficult Jeffery could be to defend as Jeffery burned him for an 80-yard touchdown and later outleaped him and reached around him in the end zone for a 46-yard circus catch for a score. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 88, Alshon Jeffery," 10 June 2019 Beasley made a circus catch with one arm behind his helmet in a game earlier this season. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Dallas Cowboys: Jason Witten makes one-armed touchdown catch | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of circus catch

1893, in the meaning defined above

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