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free throw

noun, Basketball.
Origin of free throw
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Judith couldn't see what had happened, but evidently there had been a foul, for Catherine had a free throw.

    Judy of York Hill Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  • Two more fouls gave each side a free throw, but nowhere near the basket came the much-abused ball.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • In a free throw the guard is not allowed to interfere with the ball hitting the pin.

  • The foul allowed Jane's side gave the free throw needed and into the basket went the ball for Wellington.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • The Purple Five player missed the free throw, while the Cubs again scored.

  • In case of a foul, a 15 foot line measured from the pin in the circle is used as a free throw line.

British Dictionary definitions for free throw

free throw

(basketball) an unimpeded shot at the basket from the free-throw line given for a technical fault (one free shot) or a foul (two free shots)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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