Definition of drop shot in English:

drop shot


  • (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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The player should first start with a drop shot, move on to half and then 3/4 smashes, ending with full power smashes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As evidence of his grittiness, five times yesterday he followed a drop shot or shots with a birdie or birdies.’
    • ‘Moya blew a second match point with a backhand drop shot that fell short.’


  • 1with object Use a drop shot against (an opponent)

    ‘he tried to capitalize on Simon's discomfort by drop-shotting him’
    1. 1.1no object Play a drop shot.
      ‘I drop-shotted well, especially at the start of the match’


drop shot

/ˈdrɒp ʃɒt/