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service line

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noun
  1. Tennis. the rear boundary of a service court.
  2. a line running parallel to the front wall in certain court games, as handball or squash, that marks a boundary of the service area.

Origin of service line

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for service line

Historical Examples

  • It is a good plan, when serving from the right-hand court, to aim for the spot where the centre line bisects the service-line.

    Lawn Tennis for Ladies

    Mrs. Lambert Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for service line

service line

noun (in certain racket games)
  1. the line at the back of the court behind which the server must stand when serving
  2. a line indicating the boundary of a permissible service, as on the backwall of a squash court
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