foul line


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foul line

n.
1. Baseball Either of two straight lines extending from the rear of home plate to the outer edge of the playing field and indicating the area in which a fair ball can be hit.
2. Basketball A line 15 feet in front of each backboard from which players shoot foul shots. Also called free-throw line.
3. Sports A boundary limiting the permissible movements of a player, as on a bowling alley or in a field event.
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foul′ line`


n.
1. either of two lines on a baseball diamond connecting home plate with first and third base respectively, or their continuations to the end of the outfield.
2. a line on a basketball court 15 ft. (4.6 m) from the backboard, from which foul shots are taken.
3. a line on a bowling alley at right angles to the gutters and 60 ft. (18.3 m) from the center of the spot for the headpin.
[1875–80]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foul line - a line from which basketball players take penalty shots
paint, key - (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court; "he hit a jump shot from the top of the key"; "he dominates play in the paint"
line - in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
2.foul line - a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross
skittle alley, alley, bowling alley - a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
line - in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
3.foul line - lines through 1st and 3rd base indicating the boundaries of a baseball field
ball field, baseball field, diamond - the baseball playing field
line - in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
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References in classic literature ?
yelled the seamen to Daggoo, but with one hand holding on to the heavy tackles, so that if the head should drop, he would still remain suspended; the negro having cleared the foul line, rammed down the bucket into the now collapsed well, meaning that the buried harpooneer should grasp it, and so be hoisted out.
Castro made up for his error by burying a booming triple with 11 seconds remaining to trim the gap to one, 126-125, and TNT got a chance to steal the win as McCullough only made 1-of-2 from the foul line.
The Fever (4-4) closed the deficit to within 5 in the final minute, but the Sky made 3 of 4 from the foul line to hold Indiana off.
But after a Larry Rodriguez split at the foul line, the Strikers still had a chance to tie the game when RJ Ramirez was fouled while shooting a three.
He was a perfect eight-for-eight from the foul line in the final 30 seconds.
Roi Sumang had a chance to cut the lead to one with a trip to the line but split at the foul line. It was a game of catch-up for the Elite for most of the match, with the Aces making runs to lead them by double digits.
The Falcons got into penalty early and if you're a smart coach, you tell your players to attack the basket get to the foul line. Adamson University's foreign player Papi Sarr got into foul trouble and when that happened, the La Salle guards kept feeding Ben Mbala at the post which practically got the whole Adamson University frontline in foul trouble.
As luck would have it, with two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth, Yogi Berra smashed a line drive to the opposite field near the left-field foul line. Amoros, shading Berra to left center, after a long dash made a sensational running one-hand catch near the foul line in fair grounds and fired the ball into the infield to double up the runner at first base.
Holy Cross made 6 of 18 3-pointers, but shot just 30.6 percent overall and was 21 of 34 from the foul line.
The same sixty feet from foul line to head pin and 39 boards
The Far West League champion Bulldogs (20-3) didn't help themselves by shooting 40 percent from the foul line (8-of-20) and turning the ball over 19 times.