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
fast-break intransitive verb

Examples of fast break in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sacramento had 26 fast break points and limited Brooklyn to seven. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 8 Apr. 2024 The Gaels held a 19-16 rebounding edge, but the Lopes showed off their athletic advantage, blocking three shots, outscoring Saint Mary’s 9-0 in fast break points and completing five dunks. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, 23 Mar. 2024 After the Lakers turned it over on the first play of the game, Hawks forward Jaylen Johnson turned the ensuing fast break into a highlight, jumping almost completely over Austin Reaves — the rare occasion where the story begins with an exclamation point before anything else is written. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Related Articles In 12 games since the All-Star break — a stretch in which the Warriors have largely played well — Golden State ranks 25th in the NBA in opponents’ fast break points per game (16.9). Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 16 Mar. 2024 Stanford forward Brooke Demetre quickly grabbed the ball and then set up Courtney Ogden on the fast break at 2:21 for a 58-37 lead. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2024 Chino Hills fell behind by 10 points, then won 70-50 with all kinds of vintage plays, dunks and fast breaks. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 The half ended on Booker's buzzer-beating fast break layup assisted by Kevin Durant (six points, four assists). Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2024 The Flyers opened with an 11-0 run, with Holmes hitting a jumper, a 3-pointer and getting a dunk off a fast break. Mitch Stacy, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fast break was in 1929

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“Fast break.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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