free kick

noun

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 Kerys Harrop headed home a Lucy Staniforth free kick in the first half to give the hosts the lead, before Staniforth got on the scoresheet herself late on to secure a vital win for Birmingham and leave Liverpool rooted to the bottom of the table. SI.com, "Women's Super League Roundup - Week 5: Arsenal End Man City's Unbeaten Streak and Chelsea Go Top," 28 Oct. 2019 The game’s scoring kick off in the 23rd minute when Callie Lascusus headed in a long free kick by Gigi Cassel-Smith to put Centennial (4-1-1, 7-2-1) up 1-0. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "Howard varsity roundup (Oct 4): Hammond, Marriotts Ridge football teams earn county victories," 5 Oct. 2019 The Revolution took an early lead on Wilfried Zahibo’s first goal of the season, Chicago equalizing as Francisco Calvo headed in a Nicolas Gaitan free kick in the 41st minute. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Gustavo Bou lifts Revolution over Fire," 24 Aug. 2019 Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark came out to punch away a free kick in the 74th minute, but knocked the ball straight to Chicago forward Nemanja Nikolic, who headed it back toward goal. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers beat Chicago Fire 3-2 in wild game at Providence Park," 14 Aug. 2019 The world-class free kick was impossible to ignore. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama soccer star signs with MLS giant Atlanta United," 5 Mar. 2020 Two plays after the ensuing free kick, a halfback pass from Nick Marciano to Danny Rapoza resulted in 44-yard touchdown. BostonGlobe.com, "“The key was trying to control Kerrigan,” said Redding. “We just tried to bottle him up the best we could. Our defense played great. The defense has been off the charts.”," 28 Nov. 2019 Following the safety, Ohio State received the free kick and drove 75 yards in five plays. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football’s Chris Olave making blocked punts a habit," 14 Sep. 2019 Uddin, the tallest player on the pitch by at least three inches, jumped over two Spalding defenders to send home the free kick. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Freshman heads Archbishop Spalding girls soccer past River Hill," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of free kick

1862, in the meaning defined above

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31 Mar 2020

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“Free kick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20kick. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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free kick

noun

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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