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fast break

noun, Basketball.
a play or method of play that brings the ball from one end of the court to the other quickly, usually by one or two quick passes in an attempt by the offensive team to score before the defensive team can get into position.
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[fast-breyk, fahst-] /ˈfæstˈbreɪk, ˈfɑst-/
verb (used without object), fast-broke, fast-broken, fast-breaking. Basketball.
to execute or play in the style of a fast break. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fast break
  • In a fast break offense in basketball, however, speed and opportunity replace position and relationship.
  • He bounced in his seat when they scored on the fast break.
  • It's starting a fast break toward the rest of his life, free from worry.
  • Believe it or not, that pace is the legislative equivalent of a fast break.
  • We taught some of the southerners how to fast break, that they didn't know how to do.

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