penalty shot


: an unhindered shot at the goal in ice hockey awarded to an individual for certain violations by an opponent

Examples of penalty shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Philadelphia did even the score at 4:23 when Frost converted his ninth of the season on a penalty shot after being hauled down by Michael Kesselring. Aaron Bracy, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 Laughton scored on a penalty shot with 10:44 left after being pulled down on a breakaway attempt by Hanley. Aaron Bracy, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 Down 10-8 to start the fourth quarter, No. 8 Rancho Bernardo (23-8) pulled even 10-10 on a penalty shot by John Williams with 2:52 left. Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2023 Rapinoe, 38, who announced her imminent retirement in July, spoke out about the loss and her missed penalty shot after the match. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 7 Aug. 2023 The game went to penalty kicks, and a penalty shot by Sweden that seemed to have been stopped by U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was ruled, via sensor, to have crossed the line. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 On the fourth penalty shot, with the U.S. up 3-2, Megan Rapinoe—who again entered the game in the second half to provide scoring spark— had a chance to give the Americans a cushion and emerge a hero. Sean Gregory, Time, 6 Aug. 2023 Ipswich finally regained possession with seconds left, and Greenleaf converted a penalty shot with five ticks remaining for a 5-3 halftime lead. Kat Cornetta,, 11 June 2023 Sweden’s Lina Hurtig doesn’t want to watch her game-winning penalty shot anymore. Sean Gregory, Time, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penalty shot was in 1921

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“Penalty shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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