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jump ball

noun, Basketball.
a ball tossed into the air above and between two opposing players by the referee in putting the ball into play.
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for jump ball
  • There will be a jump ball at the start of each game and at the beginning of any overtime period.
  • The team not gaining control of the jump ball will start the alternating possession procedure.
British Dictionary definitions for jump ball

jump ball

(basketball) a ball thrown high by the referee between two opposing players to put it in play, as after a stoppage in which no foul or violation was committed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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