fair catch


Definition of fair catch

: a catch of a kicked football by a player who gives a prescribed signal, may not advance the ball, and may not be tackled

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Other Words from fair catch

fair-catch \ ˈfer-​ˈkach How to pronounce fair catch (audio) , -​ˈkech \ transitive verb

Examples of fair catch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the ball is received — a fair catch is allowed but unlikely if the ball is kicked past the 25 — the clock unfreezes. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 Duvernay signaled for a fair catch at the 4-yard line and let another punt bounce to the 2. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Nyheim Hines calls for a fair catch late, isn't in position and muffs the punt. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Oct. 2021 Lamb fields punts when a long return is required while Wilson most likely will call for a fair catch or make a shorter return. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 Cohen tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee 11 months ago when he was run into while making a fair catch against the Atlanta Falcons. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 17 Aug. 2021 Devin McCourty could have called for a fair catch on that play. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 Cohen didn’t practice all of training camp as the running back rehabilitates a torn ACL suffered while calling for a fair catch on a punt return Sept. 27 against the Atlanta Falcons. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep, forced to punt with five seconds to play, watched the Tempe Corona del Sol return man fair catch it with no time left. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of fair catch

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fair catch was in 1891

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21 Oct 2021

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“Fair catch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20catch. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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