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play-action pass

[ pley-ak-shuhn ]
/ ˈpleɪˌæk ʃən /
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noun Football.

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.

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Origin of play-action pass

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65

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