half volley


: a stroke of a ball (as in tennis) at the instant it rebounds from the ground
half-volley verb

Examples of half volley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the final matchday of last season, with her team trailing at home to Manchester United and in danger of losing the league title to Arsenal, Kerr produced two outstanding second-half volleys which turned the game around and won the title. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 2 Apr. 2023 But, in the eighty-third minute, Casemiro, who is known as a defensive midfielder, sent a half volley flying into the top corner of the net. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2022 Júnior Urso accounted for the Lions’ other goal against NYCFC, rifling a shot on the half volley to net his fifth goal of the campaign. Orlando Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2022 Bouncing around each side of the box, Gadi Kinda lifted a cross from post to post, where Shelton knocked it home on a half volley to level the scoreline. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 Substitute Kai Proger pulled one back for Paderborn with just over 20 minutes to go, striking sweetly on the half volley to half the deficit, but Bayern extended their lead again shortly after, this time through Lewandowski, who dinked beyond Huth. SI.com, 28 Sep. 2019 However, wonderful lobs aside, Harvey Barnes' thunderous half volley to snatch the points at Sheffield United was something special. SI.com, 7 Sep. 2019 That alongside a Tolisso half volley were the only good opportunities that Kovac's side were able to create, despite having Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller and Joshua Kimmich among their midfield ranks. SI.com, 25 Aug. 2019 Rossi left-footed a half volley off a long clearance from left back Jordan Harvey, the shot looping over Matt Turner into the far corner of the net. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half volley was in 1836

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“Half volley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20volley. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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