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

Other Words from fast break

fast-break \ ˈfas(t)-​ˌbrāk How to pronounce fast break (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of fast break in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tigers allowed 30 fast break points and only scored one. Nubyjas Wilborn |, al, 21 Mar. 2022 Jalen Gaffney broke the streak with a breakout fast break dunk that put UConn up, 17-16. Shreyas Laddha,, 8 Dec. 2021 With under two minutes left in the period, Courtney Williams grabbed a defensive rebound and quickly started the fast break. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 26 May 2022 Paul got a steal and started a fast break and Shamet was the right-side trailer. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 As Young dribbled down the lane in the second quarter and attempted a floater, Haliburton obliterated Young’s shot with his right hand, which started a fast break. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Mar. 2022 In Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals, Lakers forward Kurt Rambis broke free on a fast break and was clotheslined by Celtics forward Kevin McHale. Globe Staff,, 8 June 2022 Indiana outscored Kentucky 33-5 on fast break points. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2022 The Sun finished the evening with 24 fast break points. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fast break

1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Fast break.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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