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A catch of a kicked ball by a receiving player who has signaled the intention not to run with the ball and who may not be hit if making no attempt to advance the ball after catching it.
a catch of a kicked football made after the receiving team signals that it will not attempt to advance the ball.
1. Catch of a kicked ball by a player who signals by raising a hand at arm’s length above his head. He may not advance the ball and may not be tackled.
2. See mark.
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|Noun||1.||fair catch - (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled|
snap, grab, snatch, catch - the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"