A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Mon, 21 Nov '22
Alley ___
Mon, 13 Jun '22
Alley ___ (basketball play)
Sun, 20 Mar '22
Alley-___
Tue, 5 Oct '21
Alley-___ (fancy basketball shot)
Tue, 12 Jan '21
Alley ___ (flashy basketball play)