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In Australian Rules Football and Gaelic Football: an act of passing the ball by holding it in one hand and striking it with (typically the fist of) the other.
no object In Austral. Rules Football and Gaelic Football: to pass the ball (to a teammate) by holding it in one hand and striking it with (typically the fist of) the other; to deliver a handpass. Also with object to pass (the ball) in this way.
1930s. From hand + pass<br>1930s; earliest use found in Advertiser & Register (Adelaide). From hand + pass, after handpass.
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