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free throw

noun, Basketball.
1.
Origin of free throw
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95
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  • Two more fouls gave each side a free throw, but nowhere near the basket came the much-abused ball.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • 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
  • 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
  • In case of a foul, a 15 foot line measured from the pin in the circle is used as a free throw line.

  • The Purple Five player missed the free throw, while the Cubs again scored.

  • In a free throw the guard is not allowed to interfere with the ball hitting the pin.

British Dictionary definitions for free throw

free throw

noun
1.
(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)
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