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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Morris retaliated, and Celtics guard Terry Rozier got involved, receiving a technical foul, too. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Tempers flare in Cavs vs. Celtics as Marcus Morris, Larry Nance Jr., and Terry Rozier get techs," 23 May 2018 When Davenport received a technical foul during Bellarmine's exhibition game against Louisville this season, the crowd booed in support of the coach. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Work ethic, not luck, carrying superstitious Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport to 300th win," 4 Jan. 2018 No surprise there, but the cool-faced Durant, who had been thrown out of one game his entire career (two technical fouls result in ejection), was tossed out of FIVE games this season. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Invincible no more, Warriors face rocky path back to NBA Finals," 12 Apr. 2018 After a technical foul on the Butler bench, Doss’ Taye Calloway sank a free throw to give his team a 56-50 lead with 1:41 remaining. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Butler rallies past Doss, clinches No. 1 seed in 22nd District Tournament," 6 Feb. 2018 Coach Scott Brooks received a technical foul moments after the halftime buzzer. USA TODAY, "Beal scores 25 in 2nd half as Wizards beat Raptors," 1 Feb. 2018 But the Sixers responded in a game marred by six technical fouls and Dwyane Wade throwing Justin Anderson to the hardwood. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers expecting Heat to ratchet up physicality even more in Game 4 of NBA playoff series," 20 Apr. 2018 Both rookies received a technical foul for the incident during Utah's 92-87 win in Salt Lake City. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Rookies Grayson Allen and Trae Young scuffle during Summer League game," 6 July 2018 Just 67 seconds into the game, Green was rung up for a technical foul, after shoving James Harden out of bounds. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Draymond Green is preaching the Warriors’ gospel," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of technical foul

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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