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

Examples of fast break in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one passes out of the post like him and his rebounding ignites the fast break. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the 2020 Michigan Mr. Basketball finalists," 28 Feb. 2020 When the league adjusted to his bully brand of basketball, Paschall countered by sprinting out on fast breaks. Rusty Simmons,, "Warriors’ Paschall powers through ‘rookie wall’," 28 Feb. 2020 The Blazers turned the ball over on their next two possessions, as Steve Smith fumbled a cutting catch out of bounds and Grant charged into Russell on a fast break. oregonlive, "Remembering classics: Portland Trail Blazers edge Utah Jazz in Game 5 of 2000 Western Conference semifinals," 26 Mar. 2020 His decision-making has been suspect at times, particularly in leading fast breaks. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Time and experience key to Dejounte Murray’s growth," 7 Feb. 2020 And the run did not stop there, as Denver thudded one jump shot off the rim after another in the fourth, and the Celtics used their speed and defense to surge upcourt on fast breaks and erase what was once a massive deficit., "DENVER — Celtics point guard Kemba Walker suffered an apparent head injury when he collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye with just over three minutes left in the second quarter of Boston’s 96-92 loss to the Nuggets on Friday.," 23 Nov. 2019 Lauri Markkanen lost the handle twice within 50 seconds — part of a five turnover night — leading to Knicks fast breaks. Phil Thompson,, "‘I just got hot, I guess’: Coby White’s team-record 7 4th-quarter 3-pointers lead the Bulls past the Knicks 120-102," 12 Nov. 2019 Blessed be the end-to-end centers, who speed up fast breaks rather than slow them down. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Harden was fouled on a fast break and hit both free throws with 24.1 seconds left, putting his team back in front. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Rockets outlast Celtics in overtime," 1 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of fast break

1938, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2020

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“Fast break.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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