play-action pass


play-ac·​tion pass
: a pass play in football in which the quarterback fakes a handoff before passing the ball

called also play-action

Examples of play-action pass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harbaugh said during his introductory news conference last week that protecting Herbert, beefing up the running game and honing the play-action pass game would be early priorities. Joe Reedy, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 And that leaves the secondary exposed to a play-action pass. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 27 Jan. 2024 Causing hesitancy that puts defenders in bad positions, the 49ers pose a bewildering array of potential runs and play-action passes. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2023 Midway through the second quarter, Wilson opened a drive from the Jets’ 32-yard line by finding Garrett Wilson, the 2022 offensive rookie of the year, on a play-action pass. Ken Belson, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for play-action pass 

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of play-action pass was in 1963

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Cite this Entry

“Play-action pass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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