foot fault

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

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, 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 Jan. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foot fault was in 1886

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“Foot fault.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foot%20fault. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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