jump ball
noun Date: 1924 a method of putting a basketball into play by tossing it into the air between two opponents who jump up and attempt to tap the ball to a teammate; also a ball put into play in this manner

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • jump ball — jump ,ball noun count in basketball, an occasion when the ball is thrown straight up so that one player from each team can jump for it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • jump ball — n the act of throwing the ball up in a game of ↑basketball, so that one player from each team can try to gain control of it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jump ball — jump′ ball n. spo a basketball tossed into the air above and between two opposing players by the referee in putting the ball into play • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • jump ball — ☆ jump ball n. Basketball a ball tossed by the referee between two opposing players who must tip it to a teammate, as in beginning play …   English World dictionary

  • Jump ball — The jump ball that starts the game, known as the opening tip, takes place at center court. A jump ball is a method used to begin or resume play in basketball. It is similar to a face off in ice hockey or ball up in Australian rules football. Two… …   Wikipedia

  • jump ball — noun (basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate • Topics: ↑basketball, ↑basketball game, ↑hoops • Hypernyms: ↑beginning …   Useful english dictionary

  • jump ball — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms jump ball : singular jump ball plural jump balls in basketball, an occasion when the ball is thrown straight up so that one player from each team can jump for it …   English dictionary

  • jump ball — noun a) A method used to begin or resume play in basketball. Two opposing players attempt to gain control of the ball after it is tossed up into the air in between them by an official. After any dead ball, play shall be resumed by a jump ball, a… …   Wiktionary

  • jump ball — {n.} The starting of play in basketball by tossing the ball into the air between two opposing players, each of whom jumps and tries to hit the ball to a member of his own team. * /Two players held onto the ball at the same time and the referee… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jump ball — {n.} The starting of play in basketball by tossing the ball into the air between two opposing players, each of whom jumps and tries to hit the ball to a member of his own team. * /Two players held onto the ball at the same time and the referee… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jump\ ball — noun the starting of play in basketball by tossing the ball into the air between two opposing players, each of whom jumps and tries to hit the ball to a member of his own team. Two players held onto the ball at the same time and the referee… …   Словарь американских идиом

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