hurl·​ing | \ ˈhər-liŋ How to pronounce hurling (audio) \

Definition of hurling

: an Irish game resembling field hockey played between two teams of 15 players each

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An Irish game resembling both field hockey and lacrosse, hurling is played between two teams of 15 players. The game is mentioned in Irish manuscripts dating back to the 13th century. The stick used—a tapered, slightly curved device with a cupped blade at the end—is called a hurley. A point is scored by hitting the ball over the crossbar of the opposing team’s goalposts, three points by driving it under the crossbar. Hurling is considered the national pastime of Ireland.

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Recent Examples on the Web There's also a sports section with icons of rugby, hurling and football, placed before a television, to catch a match. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 8 Mar. 2022 The hurling up of magma from below sent a cloud of debris nearly 20 miles into the sky. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Naturally, there’s a method to picking out the perfect hurling gourd, said Raven Chant, a Student Life coordinator. Michelle L. Quinn,, 21 Oct. 2021 On both days, step-dancing demonstrations, hurling and football demonstrations will take place between the performing acts. Susan Dunne,, 14 Sep. 2021 At first glance, the hurling of F-bombs, menacing threats and burly security guards whisking away unruly members of the crowds packing suburban school board meetings in recent weeks seems straight out of a reality TV show. Karen Ann Cullotta,, 4 Aug. 2021 Before the pick: A three-year starter at Georgia, the childhood teammate of MLB’er Clayton Kershaw did some hurling of his own, throwing for 7,731 yards and 51 touchdowns. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 27 June 2021 Along with the building, the property includes fields dedicated to Gaelic football and hurling. Jesse Leavenworth,, 20 Apr. 2021 The attack comes as Portland continues to grapple with nights of unrest that have increasingly turned violent, leading to shootings, assaults, arson and the hurling of deadly objects at police officers. Fox News, 18 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hurling

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Hurling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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