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drop shot

(in tennis, badminton, etc.) a ball or shuttlecock so softly hit that it falls to the playing surface just after clearing the net.
(in squash, handball, etc.) a ball so softly hit that it falls suddenly to the ground just after striking the front wall.
shot made in a shot tower.
Origin of drop shot
First recorded in 1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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drop shot

  1. (tennis) a softly-played return that drops abruptly after clearing the net, intended to give an opponent no chance of reaching the ball and usually achieved by imparting backspin
  2. (squash) a similar shot that stops abruptly after hitting the front wall of the court
a type of shot made by permitting molten metal to percolate through a sieve and then dropping it into a tank of water
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drop case

noun phrase

A stupid person; idiot; turkey: Nobody was a big enough drop case to bet/ Mr Williams called Mr Mallard a drop shot, which had been established as a derogatory term

[1970s+; perhaps fr the notion that a stupid person had been dropped on his head when a baby, with some added connection with the ignominious drop shot in tennis]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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