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

Examples of penalty box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minnesota, however, gained momentum on its third power play when Mats Zuccarello redirected a pass behind Grubauer at 1:48 of the second period — when the Avs’ Joonas Donskoi was still in the penalty box for high-sticking at the first-period buzzer. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Cale Makar scores two goals as Avalanche come up short against Wild," 21 Nov. 2019 Pavon struck first for the Galaxy (16-13-3) in the 50th minute with a shot 17 yards out from the left side of the penalty box, assisted by Ibrahimovic. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: The one where Doc Rivers quit as Clippers coach," 26 Sep. 2019 Goligoski put the Coyotes back ahead with 6:14 left in the middle period with a power-play goal as Buchnevich sat in the penalty box for tripping. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes grab overtime win in back-and-forth affair at Rangers," 23 Oct. 2019 That drew the of Jake Virtanen, and Svechnikov responded with a righty that landed him in the penalty box as well. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' losing streak hits 5 with loss vs. Canucks at LCA, 5-2," 23 Oct. 2019 Beauvillier was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking Darnell Nurse after Nurse had a hard hit on Leo Komarov, and the Oilers took advantage with their second power-play goal of the night. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Neal scores 4 to lead Oilers to 5-2 win over Islanders," 8 Oct. 2019 For indirect free-kicks, that tends to be the penalty box. Allardyce knows., "Three Years On: How 2019 England Might Have Looked if Sam Allardyce Was Still in Charge," 4 Sep. 2019 While Fonseca was talking with her assistant, a scuffle ensued near the Orlando penalty box involving Marta and a Houston Dash player. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Marta, Julie King sent off as the Orlando Pride lose to Houston Dash," 11 Aug. 2019 Trailing 2-0 and lacking pace most of the night, Solomon Asante stole a sleepy defensive pass in front of the Galaxy penalty box and beat goalie Eric Lopez to get Phoenix on the board. azcentral, "Phoenix Rising FC rally to beat LA Galaxy II, extend record win streak," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of penalty box

1914, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2019

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“Penalty box.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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