pump fake

noun

: a fake in which a player simulates throwing a pass (as in football) or taking a shot (as in basketball)
pump-fake verb

Examples of pump fake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He didn’t get caught on pump fakes, stayed low, moved well laterally and used his length to bother the shots. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 4 Feb. 2024 Herbert had made a pump fake that helped free Allen. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2023 Assisted by Derek Carr’s pump fake, Shaheed gathered the Saints newcomer’s 19-yard pass alone in the end zone and flipped the ball to a fan. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 Celtics have stopped biting for Butler’s pump fakes. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2023 Johnson also picked up three fouls in the first half and an early fourth one to open the second half as Leonard beat him to his own miss and drew a foul on a pump fake. Staying out of foul trouble is key for Johnson because Suns like him to play with second unit. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 23 Oct. 2022 Trust my instincts and pump fake. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Mar. 2021 Backups Nwuba and Mac Etienne struggled to defend Timme amid a series of pump fakes and drop steps leading to easy baskets. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2023 Pastrnak regained Boston’s two-goal cushion 2:36 into the second period, beating Allen off of a pump fake for his 49th of the season — a career high. Conor Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pump fake was in 1964

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“Pump fake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pump%20fake. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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