(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.
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Origin of drop shot
First recorded in 1630–40
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British Dictionary definitions for drop shot
- 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
- 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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