foot fault


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

Examples of foot fault in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the banks also miscalculated by putting a limit on how high those rates could rise—the foot fault that gives Musk his leverage. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2023 When Marcus’ foot fault becomes a series of missteps, punishment follows in the form of community service, which requires him to train a team of disabled basketball players. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 20 June 2023 Most commentary has focused on the foot faults of former CEO Bob Chapek, who had a tin ear for the concerns of employees, board members, political partners, customers, and just about everyone else. Jackson Fordyce, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2023 But when Roddick was called for a foot fault during the second set of their doubles match, McEnroe was pleased. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2023 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, 22 Oct. 2019 She was not bothered that a small foot fault caused her to lose points in the waltz. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2019 Economic weakness plays a role here, but there are also signs of operational foot faults. Washington Post, 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, 23 Jan. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foot fault was in 1886

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“Foot fault.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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