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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from fast break

fast-break \ˈfas(t)-​ˌbrāk \ intransitive verb

Examples of fast break in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Read more: Davion Williams (Belleville) with a thunderous dunk on the fast break vs. Saline in the Class A District 26 title game. Joey Yashinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school boys basketball: Top plays from district finals," 10 Mar. 2018 The block put the Buckeyes on the fast break, where Andrew Dakich tossed an awkward lob to Bates-Diop for a layup that gave the Buckeyes a 50-49 lead with 6:07 left. Bill Landis,, "7 winning plays Ohio State basketball made vs. Nebraska that wouldn't have happened last year," 23 Jan. 2018 In one motion, Douglass blocked the shot, grabbed the rebound and started a fast break. Bob Narang,, "Lake Forest's Halle Douglass gains confidence heading into junior season," 7 July 2018 With just under 8 1/2 minutes left, Terry came up with a steal against C.J. Miles to start a fast break, getting the ball back all alone along the arc. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks' 40-year-old guard Jason Terry provides a lift whether he's on the court or off," 24 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fast break.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fast break

1938, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fast break

Share fast break

Statistics for fast break

Last Updated

25 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fast break

The first known use of fast break was in 1938

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fast break

fast break


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

More from Merriam-Webster on fast break

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with fast break Encyclopedia article about fast break

Comments on fast break

What made you want to look up fast break? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


living or existing for a long time

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!