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free throw lane

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noun Basketball.

the rectangular area, 19 feet (5.7 meters) long and usually 12 or 16 feet (3.6 m or 4.8 meters) wide, extending from the end line behind each backboard to the foul line and along the sides of which players line up during a foul shot.

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Origin of free throw lane

First recorded in 1925–30
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