double dribble


: an illegal action in basketball made when a player dribbles the ball with two hands simultaneously or continues to dribble after allowing the ball to come to rest in one or both hands

Examples of double dribble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no further explanation for why double dribble is not allowed in basketball. Tero Isokauppila, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 There was a fair share of double dribbles, travels and moving screens, which, paired with Texas’ mere three turnovers allowed them to hang with the Jayhawks. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2020 They were called for a double dribble and a 3-second violation during a six-turnover first quarter, when the Nets opened a 14-point lead. Brian Mahoney,, 29 Nov. 2019 After a timeout, Victor Oladipo (14 points, 10 turnovers) was called for a double dribble on a drive to the basket. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, 5 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of double dribble was circa 1949

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“Double dribble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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