circus catch


Definition of circus catch

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Rogers will be remembered for his highlight-reel circus catches in big moments, a clutch-factor the Aggies will miss. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "5 departures that will hurt Texas A&M the most in 2020: Aggies will miss DT Justin Madubuike in the trenches," 17 Jan. 2020 Nate Poole, 2003 Most Packers fans can recall the circus catch by Cardinals receiver Nate Poole in the end zone to shock the Minnesota Vikings in the regular-season finale of the 2003 season. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brett Hundley and other opposing players who have given the Packers a gift in December football games," 24 Dec. 2019 Garrett Wilson — who’s seen extended time at with the combination of injuries to Austin Mack along with OSU blowing teams out — has a reputation for making circus catches because of his strong hands. Stephen Means, cleveland, "How Ohio State football’s Chris Olave and Justin Fields have developed chemistry on the deep ball," 17 Nov. 2019 Amari Cooper had the most circus catches on a night full of them for both teams, including a toe-tapping TD for Dallas' only lead in the third quarter. Schuyler Dixon,, "Vikings top Cowboys 28-24 for their 1st road win over a winning team in almost 2 years," 10 Nov. 2019 Branam would hit the receiver again for a 28 yard touchdown after Smith made a circus catch behind the Panther's back. Jeremiah Kirven,, "La Salle holds on to take down Elder 27-25 to win the GCL-South Title," 2 Nov. 2019 Bulldog senior quarterback Bryce McMorris tried to get them out of a tight spot and found senior wide receiver Bryson Garrett over the middle between two Dayton defenders in a circus catch and bolted 86 yards for a touchdown. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton rally falls short against Nederland," 14 Oct. 2019 Rashaan Melvin handled a tough assignment with Chargers WR Mike Williams fairly well (Williams made a couple circus catches). Albert Breer,, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 The fishmonger closes the deal with a pretend shake of the fin and tosses the fish theatrically to his colleague behind the counter, who makes a backhanded circus catch before brandishing a large fillet knife that gleams in his hand. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of circus catch

1893, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jan 2020

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“Circus catch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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