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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
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Historical Examples
  • The first time Raleigh held firm, but the second time Slade stepped back for a drop-kick.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • If she got within the Blue's thirty-yard line she was to let Rollins try a drop-kick.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Hence, the splinter-Senior was reluctant to announce that he could drop-kick.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • And how you must have suffered, knowing he could drop-kick, and yet not desiring to betray him!

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • The free kick may be either a punt, a drop-kick or a kick from placement.

  • A drop-kick is made by letting the ball fall from the hands, and kicking it at the very instant it rises.

    American Football Walter Camp
  • Not only could Bunny punt far and away better than the other candidates, but he could drop-kick almost as well.

  • When you go out, the Bannister rooters, and your Yale friends, will believe it is to try a drop-kick and tie the score.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • There was perhaps one chance in three of making a goal from placement; a drop-kick was out of the question.

    Behind the Line 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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