jump ball


Definition of jump ball

: a method of putting a basketball into play by tossing it into the air between two opponents who jump up and attempt to tap the ball to a teammate also : a ball put into play in this manner

Examples of jump ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Murray beat Smart on the ensuing jump ball, setting the stage for Derrick White to make the go-ahead jumper with 1:21 to play. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 Princeton's defense held, picking up a sack by Anas Luqman, followed by an interception in the end zone on a jump ball to end the half. Nate Fields, The Enquirer, 14 Nov. 2021 That followed a questionable pass interference call near the goal line against the Highlanders’ Christian Schomer on a jump ball with Tatum. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 13 Nov. 2021 With New Hampshire now a pure jump ball -- pending who Republicans can recruit now that Sununu is out -- Republicans may need to widen their search for competitive seats. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 Cousins found Jefferson for a 12-yard completion on fourth-and-9, and two plays later, Thielen came down with an end-zone jump ball over cornerback Anthony Averett. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 7 Nov. 2021 Then, Bogdanovic jumped on Leonard for the jump ball — which Bogdanovic won. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 June 2021 The 25-yard grab, another jump ball in the end zone, came with 4:04 to play to help seal it. Chace Bryson, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Oct. 2021 Later in the drive, Burrow threw a jump ball to wide receiver Tee Higgins down the right sideline. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of jump ball

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jump ball was in 1924

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29 Nov 2021

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“Jump ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jump%20ball. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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