place kick

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  1. a kick in which the ball is held nearly upright on the ground either by means of a tee or by a teammate, as in a kickoff, an attempt at a field goal, etc.: Compare drop kick, punt1 (def. 1).

Origin of place kick

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby place kick

Other definitions for place-kick (2 of 2)


or place·kick

[ pleys-kik ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to make (a field goal or point after touchdown) by a place kick.

  2. to kick (the ball) as held for a place kick.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a place kick.

Origin of place-kick

First recorded in 1855–60; v. use of place kick

Other words from place-kick

  • place-kicker, placekicker, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use place kick in a sentence

  • After a touchdown, which counts five, a place kick for goal is attempted.

    Outdoor Sports and Games | Claude H. Miller
  • Later in the game, Pope had added 104 three more points by a place-kick from the forty-two yards.

    The Turner Twins | Ralph Henry Barbour
  • A place-kick was attempted, but was blocked, and time was soon called.

    An Annapolis First Classman | Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
  • Masters, the fullback, dropped to the rear in position for a place kick.

    The Galloping Ghost | Roy J. Snell
  • Kick-off is a place-kick from the centre of the field of play.

    American Football | Walter Camp

British Dictionary definitions for place kick

place kick

/ football /

  1. a kick in which the ball is placed in position before it is kicked

  1. to kick (a ball) using a place kick

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