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penalty kick

noun, Soccer.
a free kick awarded for an infraction committed by a defensive player in the penalty area and taken by the offensive player who has been fouled from a point 12 yards (11 meters) directly in front of the goal.
Origin of penalty kick
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The inauguration of the penalty kick has made the position more difficult than in the olden days.

    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
  • If necessary, time of play shall be extended to admit of the penalty kick being taken.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • Were he to be guilty of such want of savoir faire he would inevitably incur some penalty kick or other.

    A Bayard From Bengal Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee
British Dictionary definitions for penalty kick

penalty kick

(soccer) a free kick at the goal from a point (penalty spot) within the penalty area and 12 yards (about 11 m) from the goal, with only the goalkeeper allowed to defend it: awarded to the attacking team after a foul within the penalty area by a member of the defending team
(rugby Union) a kick awarded after a serious foul that can be aimed straight at the goal to score three points
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