Meaning of play-action pass

play'-ac•tion pass'

Pronunciation: (plā'ak"shun), [key]
— Football. Football.
  1. a pass play designed to deceive the defense by appearing to be a running play, in which the quarterback fakes a hand-off to a back before throwing a forward pass.
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