free ball

[ free bawl ]


  1. a ball that is in play and is not in the possession of or under the control of any player.
  2. Volleyball. a ball that is returned over the net with a bump or pass rather than a spike.
  3. a penalty shot in snooker in which the player may choose any ball as their target, or the ball chosen for this shot.

verb (used without object)

, Slang: Vulgar.
  1. to wear pants, shorts, a skirt, etc., with no underwear: originally in reference to a person's testicles not being secured by an undergarment.
  2. to attempt or execute a task without preparation, guidance, etc.; improvise:

    I didn't stick too close to the deck plans, I'm kind of just freeballing and taking ideas from other builds.

    I have no idea what to write, so I'll just free ball for a few paragraphs.

verb (used with object)

, Slang: Vulgar.
  1. to attempt or execute (a task) without preparation, guidance, etc.; improvise:

    I wish I was creative enough to freeball my own LEGO designs.

    The elevator was broken, so we had to free ball getting the desk down three flights of narrow stairs.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of free ball1

First recorded in 1905–10

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Example Sentences

As soon as the band is twisted, the free ball is grasped in the hand, then both are released at once.





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