verb (lobs, lobbing, lobbed)[with object]
- 1Throw or hit (a ball or missile) in a high arc: he lobbed the ball over their headsMore example sentences
- Our leaders seem intent on lobbing cruise missiles like craps dice: gambling that the precise use of unprovoked force will effect peace.
- We lob cruise missiles and I am not critical of that, but I think that has been the attitude - well they are not going to respond.
- Suddenly, the green-and-white-clad morons began taunting the Thistle crowd, before lobbing missiles in their direction.
- 1.1(In tennis) hit the ball over (an opponent) in a high arc.More example sentences
- Nestor made the game safe when he picked up a long ball and cleverly lobbed the Greyhound keeper to make it 4-2.
- Rooney can do 40-yard passes or he can lob the goalkeeper from 40 yards.
- Ian Wilson levelled before half-time when he ran on to a through ball to lob the advancing keeper.
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- (Chiefly in tennis) a ball hit in a high arc over an opponent.More example sentences
- Within seven minutes of the start Dalglish scored with a lob, striking the ball from the edge of the box without even looking up.
- May twice scored by sealing his defender, catching a lob from Raymond Felton and converting a layup.
- His desperate opponent returns a weak shot or a lob, either of which he puts away with careless bravado.
late 16th century (in the senses 'cause or allow to hang heavily' and 'behave like a lout'): from the archaic noun lob 'lout', 'pendulous object', probably from Low German or Dutch (compare with modern Dutch lubbe 'hanging lip'). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.