penalty box


Definition of penalty box 

: an area alongside an ice hockey rink to which penalized players are confined for the duration of their penalty

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Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture. Afp,, "VAR system used for first time in France, Australia match," 16 June 2018 Sophomore Leah Moyer sent a ball into the penalty box that sailed over the head of Muskego goalkeeper Lexys Ryg and right to McKayla Kertscher, who directed a header into the vacant goal for a 2-0 lead. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State soccer: Sheboygan North shuts out Muskego in Division 1 semifinal," 14 June 2018 Just three minutes later Rodriguez was standing at the center of the penalty box with his hands on his hips. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo defeat NTX Rayados in first U.S. Open Cup match," 6 June 2018 The officials retreated to the penalty box and conducted a review. Alex Prewitt,, "Controversial No-Goal Call Plays Pivotal Role as Capitals Draw Even With Penguins," 29 Apr. 2018 Just 10 seconds after Nyquist went to the penalty box with a tripping penalty, Lindholm scored 2:57 into the game on a power play. USA TODAY, "Lindholm scores 2 goals, Hurricanes beat Red Wings 3-1," 20 Jan. 2018 The Wings had as good a chance as there comes to dent the scoreboard when Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie went to the penalty box at 12:24 of the second period. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings blanked by Capitals, 1-0; officially out for playoffs," 22 Mar. 2018 With Barracuda defenseman Jacob Middleton sitting in the penalty box, veteran Gulls center Eric Fehr broke the stalemate at 5:12 in the second period. Justin Lafferty,, "Gulls know the way to beating San Jose at home, again," 6 Jan. 2018 Others have suggested shrinking the size of the penalty box, where fouls are awarded with a penalty kick rather than a free kick. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why soccer players take dives," 21 June 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of penalty box

: the area beside an ice hockey rink where a player who has been given a penalty sits for a certain amount of time

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