technical foul

noun

Definition of technical foul

basketball
: 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

Examples of technical foul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each technical foul after that results in $5,000 and every second technical (i.e., 9th tech, 11th tech) results in a $5,000 fine and one-game suspension. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 Howard's next technical foul will result in a one-game suspension. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Howard's next technical foul will result in a one-game suspension. Steve Megargee, ajc, 24 Apr. 2021 The Lakers pulled within 96-89 with 6:33 left after Schroder made a free throw following a technical foul on Paul, but the Suns responded with the next seven points and pulled away for their 17th win in 21 games. David Brandt, Star Tribune, 22 Mar. 2021 Two of Ayala's free throws came after an Izzo technical foul for arguing foul calls, erasing the Spartans' lead, mojo and consistency. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2021 Mercury guard Diana Taurasi hit a key basket, made three free throws, went down with an injury, returned and drew a technical foul over the final 2:10. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 6 Sep. 2021 Moments later, DeMarcus Cousins earned a technical foul for elbowing Paul in the neck. Beth Harris, ajc, 1 July 2021 Moments later, DeMarcus Cousins earned a technical foul for elbowing Paul in the neck. Beth Harris, Chron, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of technical foul

1896, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2021

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“Technical foul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technical%20foul. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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technical foul

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English Language Learners Definition of technical foul

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

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