free kick


Definition of free kick

: a kick (as in football, soccer, or rugby) with which an opponent may not interfere especially : such a kick in any direction awarded because of an infraction of the rules by an opponent

Examples of free kick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guyer had an opportunity to get on the board in the 33rd minute off a 15-yard free kick, but Marcus’ keeper made a lunging save off a rebound to keep the game scoreless. Dallas News, "Soccer playoff roundup: Highland Park girls escape Red Oak in overtime; Denton Guyer boys advance past Flower Mound Marcus," 27 Mar. 2021 Taking a free kick from just outside the top of the box, Townsend blasted a shot on goal. Eric Bem,, "Liberty girls soccer finding its flow as modified fall season nearing a close," 25 Mar. 2021 Then Eusebio, the veteran star Toronto had added during the season, scored on a free kick — the ball brushed off my shoulder and went into the far corner — late in the half and that took some wind out of our sails. Star Tribune, "Sorrowful in Seattle: Minnesota soccer fans have seen this one before," 10 Dec. 2020 Eryk Williamson floated a free kick toward the near post, and an unmarked Felipe Mora rose up and headed the ball backward into the goal. oregonlive, "Timbers beat Vancouver Whitecaps at an unusual-looking Providence Park," 28 Sep. 2020 Juventus was eliminated by Porto the night before after Ronaldo and teammate Álvaro Morata just missed blocking a free kick from Sérgio Oliveira in extra time. Ken Maguire, Star Tribune, "Quarterfinal streak ends as Messi, Ronaldo both eliminated," 11 Mar. 2021 The goal by Evans came on a free kick from about 40 yards out. Chris Dabe,, "Girls soccer: In rematch, Baton Rouge High stymies Destrehan for first-round win," 4 Feb. 2021 The Chiefs also missed on a free kick shot that sailed over the net with 1:45 left. Alex Kushel,, "Cardinal Gibbons girls outlast Bishop Moore to reach third straight state title game," 26 Feb. 2021 Lake Mary struck first within the opening 15 minutes when the Rams were awarded a free kick. Jason Beede,, "Lake Mary boys soccer beats Winter Park, reaches state semifinals," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of free kick

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free kick was in 1862

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7 Apr 2021

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“Free kick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of free kick

soccer : a kick that is made without being stopped or slowed by an opponent and that is allowed because of a foul by an opponent

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