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

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For instance, instead of delay of game or instead of an offside, there could be a personal foul, 15 yards that pushes you back. Brad Biggs,, "The roughing calls in the 4th quarter were debatable, but officials got the spot right for the Broncos’ 2-point conversion play," 16 Sep. 2019 More disconcerting were the 11 penalties for 127 yards, many of those personal foul calls. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Pac-12 football power rankings: Utah strengthens spot at the top," 9 Sep. 2019 Myles Garrett was flagged for punching another opponent, that was a personal foul. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns Halftime Scribbles: A ragged, undisciplined performance -- Terry Pluto," 8 Sep. 2019 The penalty was the Browns’ fifth personal foul of the game. Mark Inabinett |, al, "See what Greg Robinson did to get ejected from Browns’ season-opening game," 8 Sep. 2019 Milford Mill helped with two personal foul calls, and Woodard closed things with an 8-yard touchdown run with 3:42 remaining in the first half. Jeff Seidel,, "Defense leads No. 9 Milford Mill past New Town, 14-12, in nail-biting opener," 7 Sep. 2019 Mission Viejo was then penalized 15 yards on a personal foul, giving La Habra the ball on the 29. Devin Ugland, Los Angeles Times, "Mission Viejo’s front seven are magnificent once again against La Habra," 6 Sep. 2019 Still, there were four penalties that included a roughing the kicker on a PAT, a personal foul, a hold on a punt return and a sideline infraction on Long’s block. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football grades: Strong defense, deficient offense vs. Tulsa," 31 Aug. 2019 The league passed the measure after informing teams last month that coaches may be able to challenge a personal foul charged to their team, a called out-of-bounds violation, a goaltending violation or a basket-interference violation. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Report: NBA Board of Governors Approve Coaches Challenge Flags for 2019-20 Season," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of personal foul

circa 1829, in the meaning defined above

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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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