: a game in which two or more players try to keep an object (such as a ball) from one or more other players

Examples of keep-away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One way to neutralize the pair is to play keep-away with the ball. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2023 Michigan has banked five 10-win seasons since Harbaugh arrived in 2015, and all five teams played keep-away at an elite level. Jimmy Watkins, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2023 But with the Netherlands dominating possession and playing keep-away in the midfield, the Americans’ 18-game unbeaten streak was in danger. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2023 Lil Hancock won the decisive draw, and Westwood played keep-away to run out the clock and cement a thrilling, 10-9, Division 1 semifinal victory at Walpole High. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2023 Coyle’s ability to wear down teams by way of his distinct game of keep-away translates at the other end of the frozen sheet. Conor Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of keep-away was in 1960

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“Keep-away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep-away. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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