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field goal

Football. a three-point goal made by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball between the opponent's goalposts above the crossbar.
Basketball. a goal made while the ball is in play.
Origin of field goal
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Dauntless team wanted at least to make a field goal—to tie the score.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • The principal scores in football are the "touchdown" and the "field goal."

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller
  • Anyway, we were on Penn's 35-yard line and I kicked a field goal.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Randall lost the pigskin on fumbles, and when Wescott got it again they kicked a field goal.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • Then Holly Cross decided to try for a field goal, but the wind carried it to one side, and his mates groaned.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for field goal

field goal

(basketball) a goal scored while the ball is in normal play rather than from a free throw
(American football) a score of three points made by kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts above the crossbar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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