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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Green, Cousins and Durant all are quick to draw technical fouls and sink into persecution complexes; that tendency is unbecoming of such a talented team and could spell trouble if their frustrations multiply together in short order. Ben Golliver,, "The DeMarcus Cousins Experience Isn’t for Everyone, but Warriors Are More Than Ready," 2 July 2018 Brittney Griner scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss but was ejected because of a flagrant-2 technical foul in the third quarter. ... Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Mercury look to snap losing streak at New York Liberty," 25 June 2018 LeBron James and Stephen Curry traded missed 3-pointers, but then following a Curry steal, the Warriors picked up a point after a technical foul call on J.R. Smith, who knocked the ball away after a call. Scott Cacciola, Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "Warriors, in Full Dynasty Mode, Sweep Cavaliers in N.B.A. Finals," 9 June 2018 Macura was charged with a technical foul in the third quarter. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Miles Bridges' 3-pointers a nice touch in Charlotte Hornets' summer loss," 9 July 2018 Young’s tip-in put his team ahead 91-89 in the fourth and as the Cavs called timeout James was hit with a technical foul by official Pat Fraher for shoving Stephenson. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Tempers spike in intense rivalry between Pacers, Cavs with Lance Stephenson in middle," 23 Apr. 2018 T'd up: Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was called for a technical foul for the second game in a row. William Guillory,, "Pelicans' big men dominate shorthanded Boston Celtics," 18 Mar. 2018 Collin Sexton's final action as a college basketball player was getting hit with a technical foul for taunting a superior opponent while trailing by 26 points. Joseph Goodman,, "Alabama will be better without Collin Sexton," 17 Mar. 2018 The Blackshirts were up 47-45 with 3.9 seconds left when the Lasers were hit with another technical foul for arguing a substitution rule following a reversal of possession. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kunz comes up clutch to help New Berlin West girls to upset win over Milwaukee Vincent," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of technical foul

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of technical foul was in 1896

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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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