foot fault


Definition of foot fault 

: an infraction of the service rules (as in tennis, racquetball, or volleyball) that results from illegal placement of the server's feet

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footfault \ˈfu̇t-ˌfȯlt \ intransitive verb

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But with Barsemian serving, he was called for a rare foot fault to give the Indians back the lead, 24-23. Jeff Tully,, "Burroughs volleyball still has Crescenta Valley's number," 7 Apr. 2018 Serving at 5-6, 15-30 in a tight semifinal with Kim Clijsters, Serena was called for a debatable foot fault and went on a rant that made John McEnroe blush. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 15 moments that have defined Serena Williams' career (so far)," 9 Mar. 2018 Serena was assessed a point penalty which ended the match (the foot fault had brought on match point for Clijsters) and started a wave of controversy for which Serena has still never taken full responsibility. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 15 moments that have defined Serena Williams' career (so far)," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foot fault

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foot fault was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of foot fault

tennis : the mistake of not keeping your feet behind the baseline when you serve

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to reject or criticize sharply

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