stutter step


Definition of stutter step

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

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Other Words from stutter step

stutter-step \ ˈstə-​tər-​ˌstep How to pronounce stutter-step (audio) \ verb

Examples of stutter step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harris stutter steps for timing before hurdling Roderick cleanly. Nathan Baird,, "Is Ohio State football’s defense ready for Clemson and Alabama? Buckeye Rewatch," 16 Sep. 2019 The second controversial call came in the final minutes of the game, when Miller appeared to stutter step out of the box while throwing the ball to a teammate. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Three things we learned from Orlando City’s 2-2 draw with LAFC," 10 Sep. 2019 Sergey Ignashevich’s stutter step sends de Gea the wrong direction. Andrew Das, New York Times, "That Roar You Heard Was From Russia. Its Team Sent Spain Packing.," 3 July 2018 Two more dribbles, a stutter step, a few more dribbles and then a 3-pointer. Joe Vardon,, "What does LeBron James' son think of these magical game winners?" 'It's normal'," 6 May 2018 Ogunbowale​ hesitated, taking a stutter step dribble to the right of the screen. Ben Baskin,, "Arike Ogunbowale Etches Her Name Into March Lore as Notre Dame Shocks UConn in Final Four," 31 Mar. 2018 Despite the glittering debut in 2004, Time Warner Center actually opened in stutter steps. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "The Megamall–Hotel–Condo–Concert Hall That Ate New York City," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of stutter step

1966, in the meaning defined above

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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of stutter step was in 1966

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