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handball

[ hand-bawl ]
/ ˈhændˌbɔl /
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noun

a game, similar to squash, played by two or four persons who strike a small ball against a wall or walls with the hand.
the small, hard rubber ball used in this game.

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Origin of handball

First recorded in 1400–50, handball is from the late Middle English word handballe.See hand, ball1
handballer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for handball

handball
/ (ˈhændˌbɔːl) /

noun

a game in which two teams of seven players try to throw a ball into their opponent's goal
a game in which two or four people strike a ball against a wall or walls with the hand, usually gloved
the small hard rubber ball used in this game
soccer the offence committed when a player other than a goalkeeper in his own penalty area touches the ball with a hand

verb

Australian rules football to pass (the ball) with a blow of the fist
handballer, noun
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