long ball

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long ball (plural long balls)

  1. (soccer) A kick in which the ball is kicked over the heads of other players into an empty space, into which an attacker is moving.
    • 2011 September 2, “Wales 2-1 Montenegro”, in BBC[1]:
      Welsh nerves continued to jangle as Blake let a long ball bounce over his head and only Wayne Hennessey's swift advance from his line prevented Mirko Vucinic sneaking in.
  2. (baseball) A home run
    • 2007, Gary Gillette and Pete Palmer, The 2007 Espn Baseball Encyclopedia, 4th edition, Sterling Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 1038:
      In the 1970s Seaver knew that batters could connect for a long ball at almost any time, so he had to be able to reach back and strike a hitter out if necessary.
  3. (basketball) A three-point shot.
    • 2011, Basketball Junkie: A Memoir[2], Macmillan, →ISBN:
      He could run a team, tough as nails, shoot the long ball; he had great instincts and feel for the game.