fair catch

noun

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 The Bulldogs had a chance to get the ball back in the final three minutes, but Jaden Walley muffed a fair catch of a punt and Arkansas' Deon Edwards fell on it. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Arkansas upends Mississippi State, ends 20-game SEC losing streak," 4 Oct. 2020 With 39 seconds left in the first half, Mihalik got a 43-yard field goal from senior Mason Bizjak right after Jacob Matousek made a fair catch on a Twinsburg punt out of its own endzone. cleveland, "No. 17 Aurora continues playoff tune-up, crushes Twinsburg 38-0 in crossover rout," 3 Oct. 2020 Edge rusher Cam Heyward practically made a fair catch in the end zone for the interception. oregonlive, "Ben Roethlisberger throws three TD passes in the Pittsburgh Steelers' win over the New York Giants: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2020 Later, Lamb called for a fair catch in the fourth quarter. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Ezekiel Elliott shines in Cowboys' season opener despite team’s offensive struggles," 14 Sep. 2020 Agnew signaled for a fair catch on one second-half punt, then blocked a Green Bay gunner, which negated a touchback after a sack and forced the Lions to start a drive at their own 5-yard line. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Ugly grades for Detroit Lions and Matt Patricia as defense gets shredded by Packers," 20 Sep. 2020 Edge rusher Cam Heyward practically made a fair catch in the end zone for the interception. oregonlive, "Ben Roethlisberger throws three TD passes in the Pittsburgh Steelers' win over the New York Giants: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2020 Late in the fourth quarter, Cedrick Wilson fielded a punt, calling for a fair catch with 2:35 left. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Ezekiel Elliott shines in Cowboys' season opener despite team’s offensive struggles," 14 Sep. 2020 Edge rusher Cam Heyward practically made a fair catch in the end zone for the interception. Barry Wilner, courant.com, "Defense, Snell, Big Ben carry Steelers over Giants," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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8 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fair catch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20catch. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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