fair catch

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noun Football.

a catch of a kicked ball in which the receiver signals that he or she will not advance the ball and therefore may not be interfered with or tackled.

Origin of fair catch

First recorded in 1855–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fair catch

  • The Kenwood quarter signalled for a fair-catch and heeled the ball on his ten-yard line.

    Center Rush Rowland|Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Wentworth made a fair-catch and punted on second down, after a plunge at right tackle had netted two yards.

    Left Tackle Thayer|Ralph Henry Barbour
  • It was a fair-catch again, which was fortunate, since both Parkinson ends were by him when the ball came down.

    Center Rush Rowland|Ralph Henry Barbour