technical foul


Definition of technical foul 


: a foul that is assessed to a player, coach, or team typically for unsportsmanlike conduct (such as arguing with an official or taunting an opponent) and does not usually involve physical contact with an opponent while the ball is in play

called also technical

— compare personal foul

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The referee seen on the ground taking punches called a technical foul against the player, who then bumped him with his shoulder before he got knocked to the ground. Alexandria Alejandro, Houston Chronicle, "Basketball game involving Houston team erupts into all-out brawl with refs, players," 10 July 2018 Dragic was given a technical foul and remained in the game. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Tensions flare after Goran Dragic smacks Ben Simmons in Game 5 of 76ers-Heat," 24 Apr. 2018 After a technical foul on Nick Ward, MSU went on a 10-0 run, including Bridges hitting a deep 3-pointer, five straight points from Winston and an alley-oop dunk by Gavin Schilling to give MSU its first lead at 16-14. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball has a long wait for its NCAA fate after loss," 3 Mar. 2018 Green, who is two technical fouls away from a suspension, berated officials on multiple occasions during the game. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "The NBA Referees finally explained why Draymond Green didn't get a 2nd technical," 7 June 2018 Marc Stein: Green racked up only three technical fouls in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Kevin Durant Pulls Warriors Closer to Another N.B.A. Title," 7 June 2018 The two received physical-taunting technical fouls. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers stick together in physical playoff series," 24 Apr. 2018 No surprise there, but Durant, the cool customer who had been thrown out of one game his entire career (two technical fouls result in ejection) before this season, was tossed out of five games in 2017-18. Scott Ostler, San Antonio Express-News, "By no means invincible, Golden State faces rocky path to Finals," 13 Apr. 2018 This occurred because referee Richie Powers went farther over the cuckoo's nest than was permissible even in the NBA of those madcap years, calling three technical fouls each on Nets star Bernard King and coach Kevin Loughery. Bill Livingston,, "Cleveland Cavaliers: The wild day that stopped the doom and gloom -- Bill Livingston," 14 Feb. 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of technical foul

basketball : a foul that involves improper behavior or language rather than physical contact with an opponent

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