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fair catch

noun, Football.
a catch of a kicked ball in which the receiver signals that he or she will not advance the ball and therefore may not be interfered with or tackled.
Origin of fair catch
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was a fair-catch again, which was fortunate, since both Parkinson ends were by him when the ball came down.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Wentworth made a fair-catch and punted on second down, after a plunge at right tackle had netted two yards.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The Kenwood quarter signalled for a fair-catch and heeled the ball on his ten-yard line.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour

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