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drop shot

noun
  1. (in tennis, badminton, etc.) a ball or shuttlecock so softly hit that it falls to the playing surface just after clearing the net.
  2. (in squash, handball, etc.) a ball so softly hit that it falls suddenly to the ground just after striking the front wall.
  3. shot made in a shot tower.
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Origin of drop shot

First recorded in 1630–40
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British Dictionary definitions for drop shot

drop shot

noun
    1. tennisa 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. squasha similar shot that stops abruptly after hitting the front wall of the court
  1. 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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