play–action pass

noun

Definition of play–action pass

  1. :  a pass play in football in which the quarterback fakes a handoff before passing the ball —called also play-action

First Known Use of play–action pass

1963


PLAY–ACTION PASS Defined for English Language Learners

play-action pass

noun

Definition of play–action pass for English Language Learners

  • American football : a play in which the quarterback pretends to hand the ball to a runner before passing it to another player

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