- an unfairly bowled ball.
Origin of no ball
First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for no-ball
If we are to be in the swim we shall have to reconsider our no-ball rule.
The batsman may be “run out” in attempting a run off a “no-ball,” but cannot be put out off it in any other way.
Why not make it a no-ball every time unless the bowler has both feet in the air at the moment when the ball leaves his hand?
I suppose I must have explained a stymie or a no-ball very cleverly once.
- cricket an illegal ball, as for overstepping the crease, throwing, etc, for which the batting side scores a run, and from which the batsman can be out only by being run out
- rounders an illegal ball, esp one bowled too high or too low
- cricket rounders a call by the umpire indicating a no-ball
- (tr) cricket (of an umpire)
- to declare (a bowler) to have bowled a no-ball
- to declare (a delivery) to be a no-ball
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