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 Chicago midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo was called for a yellow card in the 76th minute and Racing was awarded a free kick. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 17 Apr. 2022 With 2:03 left in overtime, Forest Grove was awarded a free kick and Sophia Broberg took advantage, crushing a shot from about 25 yards just inside the right post for a goal. oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2021 The Lions got some momentum late in the first half when they were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area that Briana Alvarez cleanly struck inside the near post to cut the Gators’ lead to 2-1 with 6:13 to play before halftime. Glenn Graham,, 26 Oct. 2021 The Americans were awarded a free kick, the Canadians were called for a hand ball in the box, Wambach converted the penalty, and the US won on Alex Morgan’s goal in the 123rd minute., 2 Aug. 2021 Gutiérrez was booked five minutes into the match for blocking an Orlando free kick, then picked up his second yellow card less than 40 minutes later for a clumsy — albeit soft — foul. Jeremy Mikula,, 9 Apr. 2022 The Tigers got a goal from Maddox Quigley on an unassisted free kick to improve to 10-1-2 on the season. al, 29 Mar. 2022 Down 3-1 in the 84th minute with a free kick for Jan Gregus, Calvo scored on a header from very close range to the bottom right corner. San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2022 Ronaldo sealed the hat trick on a free kick, his first of the kind in over 18 months, according to Sports Illustrated. Abigail Adams,, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of free kick

1862, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Free kick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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