goal line


Definition of goal line 

: a line at either end and usually running the width of a playing area on which a goal or goalpost is situated

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In fact, the U.S. still would have qualified for the World Cup if Costa Rica had just beaten Panama that night, a match tainted by the referee’s decision to award Panama a goal on a ball that obviously didn’t cross the goal line. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Missing World Cup can't be in vain for U.S. men's national team," 13 July 2018 With the scores level in extra time, a shot by Geoff Hurst, England’s striker, rattled the crossbar and bounced down over the goal line. The Economist, "When drama and beauty turn the World Cup into art," 7 June 2018 Melia made three match-preserving saves, including two on a pair of dangerous free kicks in the 83rd and 86th minutes, and captain defender Matt Besler used his body to prevent a rebound chance from finding its way across the goal line. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Best in MLS? Sporting KC dismisses Atlanta, takes over Supporters’ Shield lead | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Toby Alderweireld denied England’s best chance of the game, sliding on the goal line to clear a shot from Eric Dier. James Ellingsworth, BostonGlobe.com, "Belgium claims third place at World Cup," 14 July 2018 Toby Alderweireld denied England's best chance of the game, sliding on the goal line to clear a shot from Eric Dier. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium win 3rd place with victory over England," 14 July 2018 The ball appeared to ricochet onto the goal line and spun back into play, but a linesman from Azerbaijan raised his flag and awarded the goal. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The ‘Hand of God’ Delusion: World Cup History on Further Review," 14 June 2018 Instead of giving the football to running back Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks called a slant pass that was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler at the goal line and the Seahawks lost 28-24. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Ex-Seattle Seahawks Cliff Avril: Players 'started questioning' Pete Carroll after bitter Super Bowl loss," 29 May 2018 Curtis McKenzie picked it up behind the goal line and passed to Lindell high in the left faceoff circle. star-telegram, "Score with 12 seconds left caps Boston's 3-goal third period to sting Stars | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of goal line

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goal line was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of goal line

: a line that must be crossed to score a goal in soccer, hockey, football, etc.

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Kids Definition of goal line

: a line that must be crossed to score a goal

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to reject or criticize sharply

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