major penalty


: a 5-minute suspension of a player in ice hockey or lacrosse

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pearson would soon after be charged with a five-minute major penalty for boarding that led to two Providence goals and a 6-4 lead early in the third. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 13 Nov. 2022 Tree Change left many of us stunned when Omar and Osman (Oz) were served a major penalty for breaking one of the show's key rules. Alicia Vrajlal,, 26 Sep. 2022 Kaiser had previously stripped the measure of major penalty provisions for teachers to get enough votes for its initial House passage. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 The Wings had to play with a short bench after Oskar Sundqvist was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing in the opening minute of the third period. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2022 Tech was able to kill off the five-minute major penalty called 3:17 into the game, but the Huskies’ offense went into hibernation, as third-seeded Tech fell to UMD, 3-0. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2022 Givani Smith had been tossed for a high hit near the end of the first period, leading to a major penalty that bridged into the second period. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 5 Jan. 2022 Paquette was given a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding., 1 Nov. 2021 Mayfield was called for a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Tim Reynolds,, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of major penalty was in 1925

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“Major penalty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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