foul line


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n foul line lines through 1st and 3rd base indicating the boundaries of a baseball field
    • n foul line a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross
    • n foul line a line from which basketball players take penalty shots
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  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “Don't foul, don't flinch. Hit the line hard.”


In literature:

Babcock hit down the right-field foul line, giving Clammer a long run.
"The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories" by Zane Grey
I knew that she was now after the identity of the wrecker, and I faced her to foul her lines.
"The Sleuth of St. James's Square" by Melville Davisson Post
On this occasion, the line and a black-berry bush arranged a decided "foul" between them.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 23, September 3, 1870" by Various
He experienced foul winds until he passed Cape Finisterre, and on the 28th September he joined the fleet of twenty-nine of the line.
"Drake, Nelson and Napoleon" by Walter Runciman
A foul line is drawn 3 feet on each side of the net, inside of which play is not allowed.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
In case of a foul, a 15 foot line measured from the pin in the circle is used as a free throw line.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
The hit was one of his famous drives close to the right-field foul-line.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
Starting over the line before being touched by a returning runner is a foul.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
And you may 'foul' your pipe or line yourself, and in your haste bring on what you dread.
"Eric" by Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels
The lines from home-base to first, and from home to third are indefinitely prolonged and called foul-lines.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Both are constructed so your line can slip under the boat without fouling.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The line itself plainly refers to the well-known fact, that if wine or other liquor be poured into a foul vessel, it will be polluted by it.
"Notes and Queries, Number 215, December 10, 1853" by Various
He worked on the line next to Ernie, and had witnessed the foul-up this morning.
"All Day Wednesday" by Richard Olin
Their poor bodies, dripping and fouled, are draped in a simple coarse shroud that hardly conceals the line of their mangled limbs.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
Your present course will foul a line of net buoys.
"The Pursuit" by Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
It was difficult to get the men anywhere near the line of attack, owing to the foulness of the ground.
"From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917" by Philip Gibbs
He was well used to sheep, but so far, in his opinion, their only use was to foul his line for the hounds.
"Lives of the Fur Folk" by M. D. Haviland
It was a nice point; for on occasion a goal thrown from the foul line counts one.
"The Girls of Central High at Basketball" by Gertrude W. Morrison
They could not reach the Overland schedule of the latter line by fair means, and they might try to break it by foul ones.
"Ralph, the Train Dispatcher" by Allen Chapman
A white chalk line, evidently a foul line marker had been drawn on the alley floor.
"Dan Carter and the Cub Honor" by Mildred A. Wirt

In poetry:

An' it was "'ome, dearie, 'ome, oh, she'll bring us 'ome some day,
Rollin' both rails under in the old sweet way!
Freezin' in the foul weather, fryin' in the fine,
The resurrection packet of the Salt 'Orse Line!"
"The Ballad Of The Resurrection Packet" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

LSU wound up 29-of-51 at the foul line to withstand a second-half surge from Northwestern State that melted the lead as small as four points after it had swelled to 21 early in the second half.
For tonight's KMart special, time to move from 3-point line to foul line .
Manila used a 14-17 performance from the foul line in the fourth period of Friday night's 3A-3 conference showdown with Brookland, holding off the Bearcats with a hard fought 52-45 victory at Brookland.
Tiago Splitter, here with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, has struggled from the foul line during the postseason.
The Pirates didn't attempt a shot in overtime, going 6 of 13 from the foul line.
Jared Kenney, 9, of Middleburg Heights, shows no sign of anxiety as he begins his 25 shots at the foul line during last year's competition.
Dwight Howard went to the foul line an NBA-record 39 times in Orlando's victory over Golden State Thursday night.
All of Kimmell's points came at the foul line as she went 7-for-11 as the Sentinels beat the Golden Tornado 55-39 for their first win of the season.
The struggle to remain competitive without Steve Nash (leg) was complicated by Dwight Howard 's difficulties at the free throw line as opponents started to intentionally foul Howard repeatedly, stalling the Lakers' offense.
Michael McElroy doesn't miss from the foul line.
Sessions was 10 of 10 from the foul line and the Bobcats were 27 of 30 for the game.
Marquette used a big advantage at the foul line to defeat Marshall, 67-46, in a Texas A&M Classic women's basketball game Friday in Reed Arena.
No 18 New Mexico got to the foul line and pressured Valparaiso into a bunch of turnovers.
Boston Red Sox great Johnny Pesky smiles as he stands near the Pesky Pole, the foul pole down the right-field line at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept 27, 2006.
Poland senior Leigh Kelley receives a pass in the paint and is fouled, sending her to the free throw line.