penalty kick

noun
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of penalty kick

1 : a free kick in rugby
2 : a free kick at the goal in soccer made from a point 12 yards in front of the goal and allowed for certain violations within a designated area around the goal

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First Known Use of penalty kick

1889

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PENALTY KICK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of penalty kick for English Language Learners

  • : a kick in soccer or rugby that a player makes when the other team has broken a rule



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