foul shot

noun Basketball.

a throw from the foul line, given a player after a foul has been called against an opponent.
a score of one point made on this throw.

Nearby words

  1. foul marten,
  2. foul matter,
  3. foul one's nest,
  4. foul play,
  5. foul pole,
  6. foul tip,
  7. foul up,
  8. foul-mouthed,
  9. foul-up,
  10. foulage

Origin of foul shot

First recorded in 1900–05

Also called free throw. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for foul shot

foul shot


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)Also called: free throw
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