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Words from ball games
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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A contest too close to call.
2. An undecided situation or one with no preference.
From the game of basketball in which, to begin or to resume play, an official throws a ball up between two opponents. Earliest documented use: 1924.
“The early votes are still a jump ball.”
Colin Lancaster; Fed Up!; Harriman House; 2021.
“It was a jump ball as to whether I walked out.”
Michael Z. Lewin; Missing Woman; Open Road; 2016.
See more usage examples of jump ball in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. -Lorraine Hansberry, playwright and painter (19 May 1930-1965)
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