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take a punt at

1. To make an attempt at; to try. John's taking a punt at writing for an online magazine. He says he likes it so far.
2. To make a guess or estimate about. Many tech websites like this try to take a punt at what cultural trends will be like, but few of them are ever on the mark.
See also: punt, take

take (or have) a punt at

have a go at; attempt. Australian & New Zealand informal
1998 Times: Magazine However cheerfully positive I can be about the future, the man from the Pru isn't going to take a punt on me living the full term.
See also: punt, take


in. to do something different in a pinch; to improvise. (From the act of kicking the ball in order to gain ground in football.) Everyone expected me to lose my temper, so I punted. I cried instead of getting mad.
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7 gets a fight or left call from #3, then rushes punt through the appropriate shoulder.
On punt and kick returns, the Trojans could always turn to the most explosive player in the nation with Bush, who returned three punts and a kickoff for touchdowns in his college career.
Punt returners should practice fair catching with the wind, then catching and returning balls that are punted with the wind.
Malone said he feels better because he took last week off and his punts this week were among his best of the season.
Strategy: Stress maximum protection to prevent a block and to ensure the aggressive coverage needed to prevent a punt return.
Punt returns are not the Trojans' only problem on special teams.
It will send out a message to the world that not only have we not learned from our mistakes, we are actually going to repeat them with a brand new punt.
Harris was replaced in the fourth quarter on punts by walk-on receiver Chad Delaney, who fielded three fair catches - one at the UO 5-yard line - and returned a fourth punt five yards.
The tablet describes several sea expeditions to Punt and to a previously unknown site, Bia-Punt.
With a consensus all-American back this season, it's no surprise the Oregon football team boasts the nation's leading punt returner through five weeks.
No Reed: Punt returner Desmond Reed will miss the game to attend a funeral in Alabama.
In almost every case where a field goal is missed or a punt goes astray--unless it is very obvious that the snap was bad, the hold was bad, or somebody missed a block completely--the kicker or punter will have to take the heat.
Hekker has expanded that role this season, with not only the usual method of punting but with the addition of a rugby-style punt where he rolls to the right and tries for distance over coverage, and what he describes as a "flip" kick designed to increase the likelihood a punt can be downed near the opponent's goal line.
MY WEEK Punting high Taking the 6-1 when Nadover won at Chepstow Punting low Giving back half my winnings with a panicky in-running bail-out Looking forward to landing a 25-1 punt when Moon Over Miami wins the Arkle.
Punt talk: There was a public outcry about UCLA punting with four minutes remaining and facing a 17-point deficit, but what transpired wasn't exactly what was planned, Dorrell said.