passing shot


: a stroke (as in tennis) that drives the ball to one side and beyond the reach of an opponent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sinner crushed a backhand passing shot past a diving Alcaraz as a standing ovation ensued. Marc Berman, ajc, 1 Apr. 2023 In the third set, with Medvedev serving in the second game at 30-all, Kyrgios fired a forehand passing shot that Medvedev could only deflect with his racket, sending the ball high in the air on his own side of the net. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2022 In fact, Kyrgios had the break point all but secured when his passing shot popped straight up in the air off of Medvedev’s racquet. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2022 In the tiebreak, Nadal got an early mini-break with a vicious passing shot that Fritz lunged to reach before hitting it long. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Federer has hit much more convincing approach shots in his life, and Djokovic capitalized by coolly flicking a forehand passing shot winner crosscourt. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 28 June 2021 After getting broken himself, Nadal surged ahead 3-2 with a brilliant passing shot to earn another break. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 Nadal won the game with a forehand passing shot and clenched his fist. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passing shot was in 1928

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“Passing shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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