circus catch

noun

Definition of 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 Brees threw to receiver Michael Thomas in the end zone on third-and-goal, but Thomas' circus catch didn't count because his knee landed out of bounds. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints eliminated by Bucs in divisional round heartbreaker; here's how it happened," 17 Jan. 2021 The Saints answered with an eight-play, 73-yard drive, keyed by running back Alvin Kamara’s circus catch, to tie the game with 52 seconds remaining in regulation. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Saints slip by Chargers in overtime on Monday night," 13 Oct. 2020 In the ensuing minutes, his circus catch became bigger and bigger. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Little League 11s, 10s all-star teams capture District 14 titles on their home turf," 10 Aug. 2020 Derek Hill made a circus catch in Tuesday’s intrasquad opener. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers scrimmage observations: Spencer Turnbull, Rony Garcia pitch well," 11 July 2020 That score had been set up by a 27-yard sideline circus catch from Ferguson. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Brett Favre delivers his magnum opus one day after the death of his father," 17 May 2020 At his best, Ross looks almost unguardable in one-on-one situations, overwhelming cornerbacks with his 6-4, 205-pound build and penchant for circus catches. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2021 rankings: Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields highlight early top 25 prospects," 28 Apr. 2020 Bryant made what appeared to be a circus catch just shy of the goal line on fourth-and-2 against McCarthy's Packers in the NFC divisional round with 4:37 left on the clock. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mike McCarthy has great answer when asked if Dez Bryant caught it," 8 Jan. 2020 Dockery, who played receiver and cornerback during a three-year Oregon State career from 2014-16, consistently livens up social media with videos of circus catches. oregonlive, "Catching a football in the coronavirus era? Former Oregon State receiver Rahmel Dockery shows how (video)," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of circus catch

1893, in the meaning defined above

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2 Feb 2021

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“Circus catch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circus%20catch. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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