passing shot


Definition of passing shot

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

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Recent Examples on the Web But Siegemund earned another with a forehand passing shot that sailed past Kvitova at the net and then leveled the set at 2-2 when Kvitova netted a backhand. John Leicester And Andrew Dampf,, "Pembroke Pines’ Sofia Kenin makes it into French Open semifinals," 7 Oct. 2020 Even if shot at, teal often circle back, giving you a passing shot. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "9 Easy Secrets for Jump Shooting Ducks," 24 Sep. 2020 Thiem set up a break point at 2-3 after winning one of the rallies of the tournament, speedily defending around the court before hitting a forehand passing shot down the line. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev in five sets at US Open for first Grand Slam title," 14 Sep. 2020 But Zverev won the next three points with a backhand passing shot, an overhead and a 135 mph service winner to get to a tiebreaker, then dominated that, too, before opening the fourth set by holding at love. Howard Fendrich,, "Zverev overcomes 12 double-faults at US Open; Osaka into SF," 9 Sep. 2020 Though there was no crowd to please, Medvedev still pulled off an impressive no-look passing shot for his own amusement. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Medvedev Spurred Cheers and Jeers at the Last U.S. Open. Now, He’ll Just Play.," 1 Sep. 2020 Pegula broke Williams in the opening game and was dominant for the first half of the first set, moving Williams around to open up the court for her punishing passing shots., "Serena Williams Breaks a Three-Year Title Drought," 8 May 2020 For medium-size ducks over decoys or close passing shots, the traditional 3-inch load of 1¼ ounces of No. John M. Taylor, Outdoor Life, "Best Duck Loads: How to Pick the Right Shell for the Right Bird," 30 Sep. 2019 The player receiving that pass shot or made an extra pass to put the Nets in rotation. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Thorough effort helps Indiana Pacers thump Brooklyn Nets," 19 Nov. 2019

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Passing shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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