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in the paint

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in the paint

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The area of a basketball court extending from the basket to the three-point line, hence the site of most action: ''In the Paint'' refers to being in the center of the action of a basketball game/ who can crash the boards, feed and run the break, wheel and deal in the paint, and shoot from the three-point range

[1990s+ Basketball; fr the fact that it is often painted a different color from the rest of the floor]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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