technical foul


noun Basketball.

a foul committed by a player or coach, usually not involving physical contact with an opponent, called often for unsportsmanlike conduct, as holding on to the basket or using profanity, that gives the opposing team one or two free throws and sometimes, if the foul was flagrant, requires the ejection of the offending player or coach from the game.

Nearby words

  1. technic,
  2. technical,
  3. technical area,
  4. technical college,
  5. technical drawing,
  6. technical institute,
  7. technical knockout,
  8. technical sergeant,
  9. technical support,
  10. technicality

Origin of technical foul

First recorded in 1930–35

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