free throw


Definition of free throw

: an unhindered shot in basketball made from behind a set line and awarded because of a foul by an opponent

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Recent Examples on the Web Tatum only reached the free throw line three times., "Celtics’ symptoms of defeat familiar in mistake-laden loss to 76ers," 7 Apr. 2021 This season, Shelley was forced to play more as a true point guard and clearly wasn’t comfortable in the role and her performance regressed to 35.4% shooting from the floor, including 30.4% from three and 37.5% from the free throw line. oregonlive, "Oregon women’s basketball guard Jaz Shelley enters transfer portal," 7 Apr. 2021 Gunn remained stoic and meandered to his spot on the free throw line, where Carmel would further its lead again. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Lawrence North falls short in overtime game decided at the line, loses 51-46 to Carmel," 4 Apr. 2021 Hooper Bay outscored Su Valley 12-3 from 3-point range and 8-3 from the free throw line. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "Hooper Bay outlasts Su Valley to capture Class 2A girls basketball crown," 4 Apr. 2021 Detroit had a strong night at the free throw line (18-for-22) and from 3 (12-for-29), while Washington struggled in both areas (6-for-19 and 5-for-19, respectively). Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons blow out Washington Wizards, 120-91, behind strong night from Josh Jackson," 2 Apr. 2021 In 13 minutes Wednesday, Eubanks scored eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and a 4-of-5 effort from the free throw line and grabbed five rebounds. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs could be without Gorgui Dieng for a week," 1 Apr. 2021 Toney started 25 of 31 games as a sophomore and averaged 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 46.1% from the field, 32.8% percent from three-point range and 65.5% at the free throw line. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, "Former Pittsburgh guard Au’Diese Toney announces transfer to Arkansas," 1 Apr. 2021 In 20 minutes Friday, Thomas scored five points, all at the free throw line, to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Brodric Thomas to make first career NBA start for Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of free throw

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free throw was in 1891

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11 Apr 2021

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“Free throw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of free throw

: a basketball shot worth one point that must be made from behind a special line and that is given because of a foul by an opponent

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