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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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 LeBron James flashing his Eurostep on the fast break turns defenders into foie gras. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "One Eurostep for Manu. One Giant Leap for Mankind.," 9 Aug. 2018 He is also expected could bring greater speed to the Rockets’ fast break. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "James Ennis agrees to 2-year deal with Rockets," 12 July 2018 Earlier, the Cavaliers went ahead 39-38 when James finished off a fast break with a basket midway through the second quarter. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "LeBron James trolled by brewery with 'LeBron Tears' IPA," 19 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of fast break

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fast break was in 1938

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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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