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free kick

noun, Soccer.
an unhindered kick of a stationary ball, usually awarded to a player as the result of a foul committed by a player from the opposing team.
Origin of free kick
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is no off-side, and you get a free kick if you catch the ball.

  • A goal may be scored from a free kick which is awarded because of any infringement of Law 9, but not from any other free kick.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • A free kick is a kick at the ball in any direction the player pleases when it is lying on the ground.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • A place kick, a free kick, or a penalty kick must not be taken until the referee has given a signal for the same.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • The penalty for fouls, which was at first only a down, is now in many cases a free kick.

    American Football Walter Camp
  • Sometimes it came off well, but at others his club had to pay the penalty with a free kick.

  • These manifestations, however, were turned into low growling when the leather was sent away by a free kick.

British Dictionary definitions for free kick

free kick

(soccer) a place kick awarded for a foul or infringement, either direct, from which a goal may be scored, or indirect, from which the ball must be touched by at least one other player for a goal to be allowed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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