personal foul

noun

Definition of personal foul 

: a foul in a game (such as basketball) involving usually physical contact with or deliberate roughing of an opponent — compare technical foul

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Strong also had a personal foul penalty in the second quarter. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Mike Leach says WSU secondary held up well against Stanford’s tree-like receivers," 30 Oct. 2018 Yet many more personal fouls would have been flagged. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "NFL coaches see both challenge and opportunity in implementation of new helmet rule," 2 May 2018 But as instant replay clearly showed, Stephenson earned a personal foul for forcing Green to the floor on a play that looked more like a wrestling move than a basketball play. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Ending to Cavaliers-Pacers game confused TNT analysts Chris Webber and Kenny Smith," 23 Apr. 2018 Porter, who finished with 11 points and four rebounds, jostled with her down low, and Wilson received her second personal foul midway through the first quarter for knocking Porter down. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Sophie Cunningham returns, and Mizzou beats defending national champ South Carolina," 7 Jan. 2018 Both were assessed a technical, with Allen also receiving a personal foul. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Rookies Grayson Allen and Trae Young scuffle during Summer League game," 6 July 2018 Payne rumbled 21 yards on the return, which included an impressive open-field move to make running back Travis Etienne miss, and drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty as Tremayne Anchrum yanked him down with a horse collar. USA TODAY, "The Latest: Alabama stifles Clemson to reach title game," 1 Jan. 2018 The owners will also consider allowing personal fouls such as roughing the passer and hits on defenseless receivers to be subject to review. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "What to expect from Eagles at NFL meetings," 25 Mar. 2018 If there is an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty or personal foul by the defense on a field goal, the kicking team will have the option to have the penalty enforced on the ensuing kickoff. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "NCAA approves radical rule change on kickoffs | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 2018

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circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

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personal foul

noun

English Language Learners Definition of personal foul

basketball : a foul that involves physical contact with an opponent

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