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 How to pronounce fast-break (audio) \ intransitive verb

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On the other end, an errant pass by JJ Redick was picked up by Rozier, who passed to Brown on the fast break, giving the Celtics a two-point lead with 1.7 seconds on the clock. Sarah Todd,, "Marco Belinelli's buzzer beater couldn't make up for the Sixers' mistakes," 6 May 2018 The business of basketball continues in fast break mode. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "New Stephen Curry shoes can tell you how loud the crowd is," 17 June 2019 His combination of size and speed makes him a threat on fast breaks and in the open court., "Bol Bol is the biggest boom-or-bust prospect of the 2019 NBA draft: Commentary," 14 June 2019 John later teamed up with Hauser to trap Delgado and Elliott then picked off the center's bad pass, leading to a fast break and two free throws by Rowsey. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette is coming off the best defensive performance of the season," 11 Jan. 2018 His disconnected play, such as not passing on 3-on-1 fast breaks and going 1-on-3 only to turn the ball over, earned him many long stints on the bench. 8. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Which free agents are available to the Pacers," 25 June 2018 Derrick Rose, who finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds, was the catalyst off the bench, muscling in for layups on fast breaks and in half-court sets. The Associated Press, New York Times, "With 50-Point Quarter, Rockets Rout the Timberwolves," 24 Apr. 2018 Scored 74 points in the first half, but just four on fast breaks. ... USA TODAY, "Paul George, Thunder handle Grizzlies without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony," 11 Feb. 2018 With the Red Raiders trailing by a point with less than 11 minutes remaining, Evans finished a fast break with a nifty move through the paint to put Tech ahead. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Red Raiders’ belief pays off," 17 Mar. 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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