One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly in tennis or squash) a softly hit shot, usually with backspin, which drops abruptly to the ground.‘she played two superb drop shots to save game points’
- ‘As evidence of his grittiness, five times yesterday he followed a drop shot or shots with a birdie or birdies.’
- ‘The Russian fifth seed wrapped up a comfortable victory with an exquisite drop shot after 71 minutes at Beijing Tennis Center, venue for the 2008 Olympic tournament.’
- ‘Moya blew a second match point with a backhand drop shot that fell short.’
- ‘The player should first start with a drop shot, move on to half and then 3/4 smashes, ending with full power smashes.’
- ‘The latter was able to swat that match-ball away on a tight drop shot, jump-starting her to a 10-8 tally in that game and a swift 6-lead in the fifth.’
1with object Use a drop shot against (an opponent)‘he tried to capitalize on Simon's discomfort by drop-shotting him’
- 1.1no object Play a drop shot.‘I drop-shotted well, especially at the start of the match’
- 1.1no object Play a drop shot.
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