stutter step


: a momentary hesitation or false step by a runner (as in football) done to fake a defender out of position
stutter-step verb

Examples of stutter step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, a stutter step but not really worth worrying too much about in the long run. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Aug. 2023 There was no stutter step. Marc Malkin, Variety, 30 Nov. 2022 Critics of the move pointed to Marcus Morris’ stutter step before stepping on Doncic and his lack of reaction to the misstep as proof of his intention. Dallas News, 10 Feb. 2023 AJ Green caught a pass in the left flat, shed one defender, did a stutter step around another one and then got a boost when linebacker Aaron Hansford basically pushed him past yet another defender inside the 25 on way to a 48-yard touchdown. Stephen Hawkins, Chron, 25 Sep. 2021 Lewandowski, given a second chance, ditched the stutter step and sent the ball to the back of the net on the final touch of the game. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2022 Vrioni took a quick stutter step, then left-footed a low shot as United keeper Raul Gudino dived to his right. Frank Dell'apa,, 1 Oct. 2022 Sooners coach Lincoln Riley dialed up a zone read call for Williams, who after a bit of a stutter step, charged into the end zone for a touchdown to tie the game at 14. Ryan Aber, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021 The extra half was a stutter step that landed me perfectly on the mark. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 27 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stutter step was in 1966

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“Stutter step.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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