hook shot


: a shot in basketball made usually while standing sideways to the basket by swinging the ball up in an arc with the far hand

Examples of hook shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 15½ minutes, Payton scored nine points, including a corner 3-pointer, and had two rebounds, an assist and a sneak-behind block of a short hook shot by 7-footer Karl-Anthony Towns. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2023 The Hoosiers drew first blood, Trayce Jackson-Davis free throws following a Race Thompson hook shot to take a four-point lead. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Mar. 2023 Jarrett Allen responded with a dunk and a hook shot to keep the Cavaliers within a point, allowing Mitchell’s last-gasp effort to send the game into overtime. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 2 Jan. 2023 Hall hit a hook shot in the paint, then Akins soared for a tip-in to tie it. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2023 As practice wrapped Monday, though, James briefly broke, picking up the ball and flipping up a hook shot from beyond half court. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2023 Purdue misses its first 2 before Zach Edey makes a hook shot with 18:14 left. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Mar. 2023 Case in point, a hook shot at Houston this season. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 Nov. 2021 His hook shot from his right hand. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hook shot was circa 1932

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“Hook shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%20shot. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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