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drop kick

noun, Football.
a kick made by dropping a football to the ground and kicking it as it starts to bounce up.
Compare place kick, punt1 (def 1).
Origin of drop kick


[drop-kik] /ˈdrɒpˈkɪk/ Football.
verb (used with object)
to score (a field goal or point after touchdown) by a drop kick.
to kick (the ball as dropped for a drop kick).
verb (used without object)
to make a drop kick.
Related forms
drop-kicker, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Quickly he gave the signal, and Holly Cross ran to the thirty-yard line for a drop kick.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • The ball was passed to Fred, apparently for him to make a drop kick.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall Spencer Davenport
  • Thus in '87—Yale 17, Harvard 8—two place kicks and one drop kick were scored in the three attempts, totaling nine points.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Again the Wilton line held and again the Ridgley team scored by a drop kick.

    The Mark of the Knife Clayton H. Ernst
  • Go back fifteen yards for offside play and take a drop kick at yourself!

    Bransford of Rainbow Range Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • Benton fumbled and recovered for a two-yard loss and then sent that heroic quarter up the field to try a drop kick.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for drop kick

drop kick

a kick in certain sports such as rugby, in which the ball is dropped and kicked as it bounces from the ground Compare punt2 , place kick
a wrestling attack, illegal in amateur wrestling, in which a wrestler leaps in the air and kicks his opponent in the face or body with both feet
(Austral, slang) a stupid or worthless person
to kick (a ball, etc) using a drop kick
to kick (an opponent in wrestling) by the use of a drop kick
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