fast break


Definition of fast break 

: a quick offensive drive toward a goal (as in basketball) in an attempt to score before the opponent's defense is set up

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Other Words from fast break

fast-break \ˈfas(t)-ˌbrāk \ intransitive verb

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The Dubs played a highlight montage—all fast breaks and killer crossovers—on the Jumbotron and the crowd gave the trio a standing ovation. Greg Bishop,, "Run TMC Lives on as the Rare Team Celebrated for Style Rather Than Record," 28 June 2018 Read more: Davion Williams (Belleville) with a thunderous dunk on the fast break vs. Saline in the Class A District 26 title game. Joey Yashinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school boys basketball: Top plays from district finals," 10 Mar. 2018 The block put the Buckeyes on the fast break, where Andrew Dakich tossed an awkward lob to Bates-Diop for a layup that gave the Buckeyes a 50-49 lead with 6:07 left. Bill Landis,, "7 winning plays Ohio State basketball made vs. Nebraska that wouldn't have happened last year," 23 Jan. 2018 In one motion, Douglass blocked the shot, grabbed the rebound and started a fast break. Bob Narang,, "Lake Forest's Halle Douglass gains confidence heading into junior season," 7 July 2018 With just under 8 1/2 minutes left, Terry came up with a steal against C.J. Miles to start a fast break, getting the ball back all alone along the arc. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks' 40-year-old guard Jason Terry provides a lift whether he's on the court or off," 24 Feb. 2018 The Cyclones rallied to get within seven before the Longhorns went to Bamba for a layup and Dylan Osetkowski tipped away a pass to start a fast break that Roach finished for a 47-36 Texas lead. USA TODAY, "Bamba's 24 points lead Texas over Iowa State 73-57," 22 Jan. 2018 In the early moments of Game 4 of the W.N.B.A. finals, Whalen leveled Odyssey Sims of the Los Angeles Sparks after Sims had escaped on a fast break. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "This Sophisticated Admirer of the Warriors Says, ‘More Draymond, Please’," 27 May 2018 On a fast break, McConnell delivered a bounce pass to Simmons, who finished the play with a dunk. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers avoid elimination with 103-92 victory as T.J. McConnell provides a spark," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of fast break

1938, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fast break

basketball : a quick movement toward the net in an attempt to score before the opposing players can reach their defensive positions

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