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fade·​away ˈfād-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce fadeaway (audio)
plural fadeaways
: a slide in which a base runner throws his or her body sideways to avoid the tag
basketball : a shot made or attempted while moving away from the basket
Rick Fox sank a 12-foot fadeaway with 1:10 left for a 93-91 Lakers lead …The New York Times
: an act or instance of fading away


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: made or attempted while moving away from the basket
a fadeaway jump shot

Examples of fadeaway in a Sentence

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Bryant got the last laugh, nailing a game-winning fadeaway over Harden to end the game, sending the Drew League crowd to rush the court and wrap their arms around the 6-foot-6 guards waist. Anthony Gharib, USA TODAY, 12 July 2023 After McDaniel and Williams each split a pair of free throws, a Pickett fadeaway over Dickinson got Penn State back within three. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 5 Jan. 2023 He also was celebrated Saturday night as the 7-footer who revolutionized basketball as the first true stretch-power forward and for his iconic and widely copied one-legged fadeaway. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023 After Ingram’s seventh, a baseline fadeaway of remarkable difficulty, the crowd audibly gasped. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 But after Cedi Osman missed a midrange fadeaway jumper with 7.5 seconds left, Josh Hart corralled the rebound giving New Orleans one final possession and a shot at a tie or the win. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 1 Feb. 2022 Munster appeared to have the game in hand when Trilli, who played all 36 minutes, made a fadeaway with 1:39 left in the third quarter to make it 54-34. Michael Osipoff, chicagotribune.com, 26 Jan. 2022 Paul moved the 7-footer all around the floor then put up a little fadeaway that Antetokounmpo couldn’t touch. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 17 July 2021 McLain fielded a sharp ground ball behind the second base bag, raced to tag the base and made a fadeaway throw to first off of one leg for the 6-3 double play. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 24 May 2023
With three 3-pointers and a fadeaway jump shot, Mitchell personally went on an 11-2 run over the Mercury in a two-minute stretch, finishing the game with a season-high 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting. Chloe Peterson, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Aug. 2023 Joel Embiid hit a fadeaway jumper near the free-throw line to to give his team a 120-119 lead over the Trail Blazers with 1.1 seconds remaining. Afentres, oregonlive, 10 Mar. 2023 Jayson Tatum tied the game with a fadeaway jumper with 1.5 seconds left, just enough time for another heartbreak. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Jan. 2022 With Matthews in his way, Butler opted to jab step forward before stepping back for a tough, fadeaway jumper from just inside the three-point line at the buzzer. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2020 The crowd at the Little Tokyo gym roared as the basketball player, his team down a dozen points, dodged a defender, spun and hit a fadeaway shot. Chris Kuo, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 After Gavin Lutz made two free throws to tie the game at 42 with a minute and 6 seconds left, Newport held the ball for the final minute before Jabari Covington hit a fadeaway jump shot with 2.5 seconds left to send the Wildcats to Rupp Arena for the first time since 2010. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 8 Mar. 2023 Using the Elam Ending to finish the game by reaching a targeted score of 163 points, Team LeBron outscored Team Durant 25-21 the fourth quarter and James finished the game with a fadeaway jumper for the victory. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2022 James followed that with a step-back 3 and then drained a fadeaway turn-around jumper in the corner before shaking his head at Cleveland' bench. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, 25 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fadeaway was in 1909

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“Fadeaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fadeaway. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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