play-action pass

[pley-ak-shuh n]
noun Football.
  1. a pass play designed to deceive the defense by appearing to be a running play, in which the quarterback fakes a hand-off to a back before throwing a forward pass.

Origin of play-action pass

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65
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