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 Evans capitalized on a fast break and then finished after weaving through multiple defenders with under a minute left in the quarter. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Glenelg Country hands McDonogh second straight girls lacrosse setback | VARSITY ROUNDUP," 23 Apr. 2021 That’s worth a greater return than Zion Williamson bullying around the rim (1.35), Stephen Curry shooting a three (1.28) or Giannis Antetokounmpo running the fast break (1.21). Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Wilt Chamberlain Couldn’t Make Free Throws. Joel Embiid Can.," 23 Apr. 2021 Now, players on a fast break fan to the 3-point line and wait. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "For Spurs and Jakob Poeltl, fast breaks not always a slam dunk," 22 Apr. 2021 Replay determined that Beverley's shoulder check and extended elbow against Paul on a fast break was an unnecessarily hard and excessive foul. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "George scores 33 points, Clippers snap Suns' winning streak," 9 Apr. 2021 The Bucks gathered a loose ball on a fast break, but when a pass was fired to an open Sam Merill in the left corner, Williams somehow reacted in time to get his hand on it., "Post-deadline Celtics put on a clinic in Milwaukee, and other observations," 26 Mar. 2021 New Orleans bounced back nicely in the third, getting 13 points from Bledsoe and outscoring New York 35-22 to forge a 79-all tie going to the final quarter after Williamson slammed down another lob on the fast break with 28 seconds to go. Brian Mahoney, ajc, "Knicks rally late, top Pelicans in OT for 6th win in row," 18 Apr. 2021 The run — 28-0, in all — included five 3-pointers by Catholic Central (three of them by Jordan Brooks) sandwiched around a fast break dunk by Jack Karasinski. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school boys basketball Division 2 semifinal: GR CC to final with 28-0 run," 8 Apr. 2021 Cronin had three objectives: keep the pace controlled, minimize turnovers that would fuel Gonzaga’s fast break and play the same unyielding defense that had gotten them to this point. New York Times, "Gonzaga Was Finally, Truly Tested. It Passed With a Buzzer-Beater Over U.C.L.A.," 3 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Fast break.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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