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 That led to the Hart Trophy finalist taking a rare seat in the penalty box. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 12 May 2024 Bouda, one-on-one with Palo Alto’s own Paul Blanchette and standing just inside the penalty box, used his powerful right foot to send a thunderbolt into the back of the net in the 77th minute. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 Hyman deflected in the rebound of Bouchard’s shot from the top of the slot in the final minute of the second period — three seconds after the Kings’ Drew Doughty came out of the penalty box — to double the lead. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 Among them: ▪ Staying out of the penalty box: The Panthers have gone on the penalty kill 60 times total during the past 12 games and have been short-handed at least five times in eight of those 12 games. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 Messi even flicked the ball around Salt Lake defender Andrew Brody who was injured and down near the top of the penalty box late in the half, weaving around him with ease. Tim Reynolds, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 Miller was fouled, hard, just outside the penalty box in the 62nd minute resulting in a red card on the Dragons. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 To make matters worse, Bayern also lost defender Dayot Upamecano, who was sent off after stepping on Gustav Isaksen’s shin inside the penalty box. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Why Daniel Sprong has been a 'remarkable fit' for Red Wings Penalties galore Lyon was strong early, before the first period degenerated into a parade to the penalty box. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of penalty box was in 1914

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“Penalty box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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