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air ball

noun, Basketball.
a missed shot that fails to touch the rim, net, or backboard. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The Parnass's complacency collapsed like an air-ball at a pin-prick.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • An obsession could be pricked like an air-ball with the right weapon at the right moment.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • My agility in capturing the air-ball had made him sore, I think, though he had no reason to feel any envy on that score.

    Rebel women Evelyn Sharp

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