fast break

noun

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

fast-break

play \ˈfas(t)-ˌbrāk\ intransitive verb

First Known Use of fast break

1938


FAST BREAK Defined for English Language Learners

fast break

noun

Definition of fast break for English Language Learners

  • 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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