: a play (as in basketball or hockey) in which a player passes to a teammate and immediately cuts toward the net or goal to receive a return pass

Examples of give-and-go in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the Galaxy down to 10 players, Messi was able to run on to a poor pass from Puig and then, with room to operate, worked a pair of give-and-goes with Alba that ended with Messi sliding to his knees after a left-footed touch to score from the center of the box. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 Garland fired into an open net to cap a give-and-go with Joshua. Matt Carlson, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 Jesper Bratt played a played a perfect give-and-go on the rush with Hischier and then scored 3:49 into the second period. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Concord-Carlisle 4, Walpole 1 — Senior twins Kennedy Johnson and Trinity Johnson each scored, with Kennedy finishing a nifty give-and-go from Trinity, in a nonleague win for the Patriots (1-0). Globe Staff,, 6 Sep. 2023 Messi got his only good look of the first half in the 38th minute, ending a give-and-go with Diego Gómez with a left-footed shot from the center of the box that LAFC keeper John McCarthy batted away. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 In his early 20s, Lucic was arguably the best power forward in the league, with soft hands on deflections and give-and-go plays. Globe Staff,, 29 June 2023 Montour skated in with steam off a give-and-go entry from Anton Lundell, the quick-strike play started by Bobrovsky, and shoveled the puck between Swayman’s pads. Matt Porter,, 1 May 2023 The Bruins were up, 3-2, on the opening shift, when a give-and-go on the rush with Tyler Bertuzzi — Hampus Lindholm started the play with a sharp outlet — set up Pastrnak for a five-hole strike at 0:39. Globe Staff,, 9 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of give-and-go was in 1965

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“Give-and-go.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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