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 Messi made a sensational debut for Inter Miami last month by scoring the game-winning goal with a Messi-esque free kick in stoppage time, easily giving fans their money’s worth. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2023 After coming on the field as a second-half sub in his first game for Miami, Messi buried a free kick for the winning goal in stoppage time in the Leagues Cup opener against Liga MX's Cruz Azul. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2023 The last goal came off of a free kick to the left of the goal. Mike Frainie, Baltimore Sun, 11 Sep. 2023 In the latest rule change addressing plays that have been found to be the most dangerous, the N.F.L. this season will allow players to call for fair catches on kickoffs and on free kicks after a safety. Jenny Vrentas, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2023 Taking advantage of a short field following the free kick, the Apollos needed just three plays to find the end zone, with Nees hitting Macklin Pettit for a four-yard touchdown. Mitchell Forde, oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2023 Maes returned the ensuing free kick 32 yards, and three plays later Roth found Estabrook over the middle for a 58-yard touchdown pass with 8:58 left in the second quarter. Rick Hoff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2023 After the ensuing free kick, the Admirals needed three plays before Dunn threw the first of two touchdown passes to Moore, a 45-yarder to make it 9-0. al, 26 Aug. 2023 Inter Miami earns a free kick after a handball JUST outside of the penalty box. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free kick was in 1862

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“Free kick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

free kick

: a kick (as in football or soccer) with which an opponent may not interfere
also : such a kick awarded because an opponent has broken the rules

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