throw a block

idiom

American football
: to hit an opposing player to prevent him from making a tackle
The lineman threw a block that freed his teammate to make a long run.

Examples of throw a block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daniel Hemric’s race ended in the first overtime when he was crashed as the leader trying to throw a block and his car ended up flipped over on its roof. Jenna Fryer, al, 23 Apr. 2023 So if the pandemic has inspired you to get to know your neighbors — to build community and to be resilient in the face of an emergency — what better way than to throw a block party? Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2023 Daniel Hemric’s race ended in the first overtime when he was crashed as the leader trying to throw a block and his car ended up flipped over on its roof. Jenna Fryer, al, 23 Apr. 2023 Willing to stand in the pocket, able to absorb a hit, happy even to throw a block or attempt a tackle on a turnover, Jones has more than impressed teammates with his resilience. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2022 Cindric moved to the outside to throw a block on Blaney, but with an open lane on the inside, Wallace just couldn’t get there. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2022 Seeing no openings in the secondary, Plummer tried to throw a block for Wiley. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 15 Nov. 2021

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“Throw a block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throw%20a%20block. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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