: a goal (as in basketball or hockey) made by deflecting a shot into the basket or net from very close range

Examples of tip-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suzuki scored again with a tip-in while on a power play to move the Canadiens ahead 3-2 at 12:24 of the second. Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 The Spartans didn’t play at Viejas Arena last season, but Anderson rose to the occasion Tuesday with several clutch baskets down the stretch that kept them in the game — a flying tip-in between two Aztecs defenders, a layup that pulled them within four points with 39 seconds left. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Feb. 2024 The Rams went ahead 49-42 on a tip-in by Toibu Lawal with six minutes left, but attempted just four shots from the field the rest of the way. Hank Kurz Jr., USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2024 Scott’s heave was off the mark and a tip-in attempt missed before the final buzzer sounded. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 7 Feb. 2024 In the latest basketball battle between the Catholic school powerhouses, Chief Cameron’s tip-in at the buzzer — or, after the buzzer — was the difference as St. X beat Trinity, 59-58, in overtime Friday in the semifinals of the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 13 Jan. 2024 Illinois scored the next seven points, but Hall’s scrappy putback with just over 3 minutes left sparked an eight-point Spartan spurt that also included an Akins tip-in. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2024 Two of the biggest makes came from Jaden McDaniels, who hit a corner triple to put Minnesota up for good with two and a half minutes to play, and also had a key tip-in to extend the Wolves’ lead to six in the final minute. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 29 Jan. 2024 Birmingham 65, Moorpark 63: The Patriots won it on a tip-in by Alex Dupre, who finished with 33 points. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tip-in was in 1948

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“Tip-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip-in. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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