: a system of betting (as on horse races) in which the bettor must pick the winners of six consecutive races
… is one of 42 individuals holding the 78 tickets that legitimately had five out of six winners in the Breeders' Cup pick-six wager.Bill Finley
football : an interception returned by the intercepting team for a touchdown
By halftime he had thrown two interceptions—the second a 69-yard pick-six to outside linebacker and Most Valuable Player Malcolm Smith …S. L. Price

Examples of pick-six in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tampa Bay picked off league MVP Rich Gannon five times, three of those swipes of the pick-six variety. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 After losing the starting job to Ethan Garbers before the season, then winning it after one game, then losing it again amid three consecutive games with a pick-six, Moore ended the season as Garbers’ backup. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Purdy’s second pass, intended for Aiyuk, went directly to Savage, who had a 64-yard pick-six in the previous week’s win over Dallas. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 20 Jan. 2024 Mahomes, 28, threw a costly pick-six in the first quarter and finished the game with 27 completions, 235 yards passing and one passing touchdown. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 25 Dec. 2023 Branch dashed 50 yards down the left sideline for a pick-six touchdown: 14-14. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023 He was replaced as the starter by Ethan Garbers after a string of three consecutive games with a pick-six. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Safety Joshua Hong returned an interception 29 yards for a pick-six. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2023 Moore’s three consecutive games with a pick-six — albeit against much stronger defenses — momentarily left the Bruins with a deflated feeling to go with a losing record in conference play. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pick-six was in 1980

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“Pick-six.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick-six. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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