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foul line

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  1. Baseball. either of the two lines connecting home plate with first and third base respectively, or their continuations to the end of the outfield.
  2. Also called free throw line. Basketball. a line on the court 15 feet (4.6 meters) from the backboard, from which foul shots are taken.
  3. Bowling. a line on an alley at right angles to the gutters and 60 feet (18.3 meters) from the center of the spot for the headpin, across which a bowler may not step for fair delivery of the ball.
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Origin of foul line

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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  • The latter are of the same substance as the foul-line and all are sunk flush with the surface of the bed.

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