personal foul


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

Examples of personal foul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Braves committed a personal foul penalty on the first play, and Prater gained 25 yards on third-and-four from Indian Hill’s 28-yard line to set up the score. Mark Schmetzer,, "Wyoming QB Prater has a career rushing night to honor best friend in win over Indian Hill," 2 Nov. 2019 Lowman was 6-of-7 passing for 94 yards on the drive, overcoming a dead-ball personal foul penalty early in the march. John Peery,, "Apopka beats Lake Mary to take title," 25 Oct. 2019 The personal foul penalty brought Los Amigos down to the La Quinta five. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "La Quinta football pulls out emotional win over Los Amigos," 10 Oct. 2019 The Beavers kicked off from midfield after a UCLA personal foul penalty and were successful on a squib kick when David Morris recovered it at the Bruins 27. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Luton throws for 5 TDs as Oregon State defeats UCLA 48-31," 5 Oct. 2019 Westminster appeared headed to its third loss in four games when the Gladiators took advantage of back-to-back personal foul penalties and scored a touchdown to take an eight-point lead. Megan Woodward,, "Football: Garrett Deltuva coming into his own as Manchester Valley’s quarterback," 30 Sep. 2019 Friendswood's opening drive of the third quarter began at the Brook 27-yard line after an impressive return by Dawson Johnson and a personal foul penalty against the Wolverines. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood holds off Clear Brook for 2nd straight win," 7 Sep. 2019 Aided by CdM pass interference and personal foul penalties, Lakewood got itself into a first-and-goal situation on the CdM nine. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Corona del Mar football routs Scott Meyer-led Lakewood," 13 Sep. 2019 First, the personal foul penalties on defensive end Myles Garrett and left tackle Greg Robinson were even more appalling knowing the full context of what happened. Doug Lesmerises,, "Cleveland Browns’ loss both better and worse than you thought -- Can Freddie Kitchens fix it?," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of personal foul

circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of personal foul was circa 1829

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English Language Learners Definition of personal foul

basketball : a foul that involves physical contact with an opponent

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