[ feyd-uh-wey ]

  1. an act or instance of fading away.

  2. Baseball. screwball (def. 2).

  1. Baseball. a slide made by a base runner to one side of the base, with one leg bent and stretched back to catch hold of the base.

  2. Basketball. a jump shot made while the player is falling away from the basket.

Origin of fadeaway

1905–10, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase fade away

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How to use fadeaway in a sentence

  • On this light being covered again the figure would apparently fade away.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • These spots, which are from some hundred to some thousand miles in diameter, may endure for months before they fade away.

    Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • Their palaces were houses not made with hands; their diadems, crowns of glory which should never fade away.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • Not many years after, he wrote from England, "I saw the last blue line of my native land fade away like a cloud in the horizon."

  • People when they were perplexed would look towards it, and presently their doubts would fade away.

    The Story of the Big Front Door | Mary Finley Leonard

Other Idioms and Phrases with fadeaway


see fade out, def. 2.

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