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 Kyzir White had a hold, then a nice sack, then missed a big tackle and had a dumb personal foul. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 To end the first half, Oak Park committed a personal foul, with the yards assessed on the second half kickoff to De La Salle. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 16 Jan. 2021 The drive was aided by a personal foul penalty against SDSU cornerback Tayler Hawkins moments before Brady walked into the end zone. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 Badin's Eric Rawlings intercepted the pass from Tyler Ernsberger, but his touchdown return was called back on a personal foul. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 27 Nov. 2021 Five players, three from ASU, were ejected and overall there were eight personal foul penalties. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 25 Nov. 2021 Sanchez had a punt return into Broncos territory and a personal foul penalty on the play provided a short field. Alex Kushel,, 27 Nov. 2021 The Miners responded with their own scoring drive on the ensuing possession, aided by a personal foul penalty on the kickoff giving them starting position at the 45-yard line of the Blazers. Evan Dudley, al, 26 Nov. 2021 Miami didn’t do itself any favors, flagged five times on the drive including three offside penalties and two personal foul penalties that totaled 25 yards. Matt Murschel,, 13 Nov. 2021

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Personal foul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of personal foul

: a foul that involves physical contact with an opponent


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