foul ball


: a baseball batted into foul territory

Examples of foul ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Banana Ball, what happens when a fan catches a foul ball? CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 There was a 33-minute delay during the bottom of the eighth inning when home plate umpire Jeff Wright took a foul ball by Irish off his mask and had to leave the game. Bob Holt,, 23 Mar. 2024 Where my friend Staci discovered the first foul ball quietly under her seat in the turmoil around us at a playoff game. Ellen Murphy, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Bailey caught five innings, going hitless in three at-bats, in his first game back since being struck in his throwing hand by a foul ball. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Vogel's at-bat was an 11-pitch affair with five foul balls. Tom Murphy,, 2 Mar. 2024 In the ninth inning, Vaz chased down a foul ball off the bat of Angels outfielder Jorge Ruiz. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 6 Mar. 2024 Jordan Spieth, who hit the first foul ball of the year Thursday for double bogey, is now bogey-free in his last 51 holes and has made enough birdies for a chance. Doug Ferguson, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2024 Our new friend Shugo Maki hit a long foul ball that just missed being a home run, before striking out to end the game. Helen Schulman, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foul ball was in 1855

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“Foul ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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foul ball

: a baseball batted into foul territory

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