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airball

In basketball, a missed shot that does not touch any part of the basket. The shot looked on target but ended up being an airball, missing the basket by a foot.

air ball

n. a basketball throw that misses everything, especially the basket. Old Fred has become a master with the air ball. The net will never get worn out.
See also: air, ball
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To my dismay, I shot an "air ball." Knowing I could hit a quarter at that distance, I suspected something was wrong with my setup and decided to go home.
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Adventurelands will feature climbing frames for various age groups, a sports area, air ball cannons, which fire soft balls, dragon targets, computer games, exercise equipment and a motorised car racetrack.
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My first shot was an air ball, and I was like 'Oh my gosh, what am I doing here?''
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