charity stripe


variants or less commonly charity line
basketball, informal
: the line behind which a player shoots a free throw : the free throw line
Miller boasts a soft shooting touch, good range, and steadiness at the charity stripe.Mike Weber, Basketball Digest, March 1993
In the first half, the Warriors were 6 of 22 from the charity line, a percentage that could have been bettered by virtually anyone in the stands.Tony Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Dec. 2001

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of charity stripe was in 1923

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“Charity stripe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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