drop shot


Definition of drop shot

: a delicately hit shot (as in tennis or squash) that drops quickly after crossing the net or dies after hitting a wall

Examples of drop shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He additionally mostly put away the drop shot, which fluctuated in its success rate. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Novak Djokovic rallies to win his eighth Australian Open title after beating Dominic Thiem in tense final," 2 Feb. 2020 His ground strokes were perfectly calibrated, his serve devastating, his drop shot dying on the bounce. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Novak Djokovic Solves the Mind-Body Problem to Win the Australian Open," 2 Feb. 2020 Wellington Reservoir has been giving up nice largemouth bass on drop shot rigs lately. D'arcy Eagan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie smallmouth bass biting around — where else? — the Bass Islands: Fishing Report for Sept. 13," 13 Sep. 2019 Smallmouth bass are being caught from near-shore rock piles and harbor areas along the Central Basin shoreline on drop shot rigs, tube jigs and live bait, such as soft craws, leeches and minnows. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Lake Erie walleye hitting; yellow perch are hit-and-miss: Fishing Report for Sept. 20," 20 Sep. 2019 At 4-4 on another break chance, a 21-shot rally concluded with the Austrian hitting a drop shot winner -- off the net. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Disgruntled Novak Djokovic exits French Open to end grand slam winning streak," 8 June 2019 The top lures have been tube jigs, drop shot rigs tipped with soft plastics or nightcrawlers, golden shiners, leeches and crayfish. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie’s fish of the future have arrived: Aug. 16 Fishing Report," 16 Aug. 2019 Federer consolidated his break, holding for 4-4 in the fifth set, and opened up his next return game with a super backhand drop shot winner. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon, Outlasting Roger Federer," 14 July 2019 And her confidence to reach any drop shot rivals Rafael Nadal’s. Matt Fuchs, Washington Post, "Be like Serena and Roger: Older amateurs offer tips for maintaining your athletic edge.," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of drop shot

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drop shot was in 1908

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“Drop shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20shot. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drop shot

: a softly hit shot in tennis or a similar game that falls quickly after passing over the net

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