foot fault

noun

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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Other Words from foot fault

footfault \ ˈfu̇t-​ˌfȯlt How to pronounce footfault (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of foot fault in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s a sharp contrast to FedEx’s bruising guidance cut just over a month ago, which the company blamed on a weakening global economy, and analysts blamed on idiosyncratic foot faults. Washington Post, "For UPS, Being Better Than FedEx Isn’t Enough," 22 Oct. 2019 She was not bothered that a small foot fault caused her to lose points in the waltz. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Hannah Brown celebrates her 'Dancing With the Stars' victory: 'I'm in complete shock!'," 26 Nov. 2019 Economic weakness plays a role here, but there are also signs of operational foot faults. Washington Post, "3M Enters Hall of Fame of Disappointments," 24 Oct. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up For Williams, the transformation from smooth victory to unprecedented defeat began when she was called for a foot fault on the first serve of her first match point. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Serena Williams Stumbles in Stunning Loss at the Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2019 But with Barsemian serving, he was called for a rare foot fault to give the Indians back the lead, 24-23. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "Burroughs volleyball still has Crescenta Valley's number," 7 Apr. 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 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, USA TODAY, "15 moments that have defined Serena Williams' career," 9 Mar. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up For Williams, the transformation from smooth victory to unprecedented defeat began when she was called for a foot fault on the first serve of her first match point. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Serena Williams Stumbles in Stunning Loss at the Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of foot fault

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Foot fault.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foot%20fault. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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foot fault

noun

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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