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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.
Punt returners should practice fair catching with the wind, then catching and returning balls that are punted with the wind.
Strategy: Stress maximum protection to prevent a block and to ensure the aggressive coverage needed to prevent a punt return.
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.
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.