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field goal

noun
1.
Football. a three-point goal made by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball between the opponent's goalposts above the crossbar.
2.
Basketball. a goal made while the ball is in play.
Origin of field goal
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • In the second she slammed her way to Cumners seven yards, lost ten yards on a penalty, and failed of a field-goal by inches only.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • For there was hardly a question but that Brimfield was to try a field-goal this time.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • On the other hand, Brimfield tried one field-goal from an impossible angle and missed.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Kenwood might tie the game now if she chose to try a field-goal, but Kenwood wanted a victory.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
  • From the fifteen yards Kendall tried a field-goal and missed narrowly and the second put the ball in play on the twenty yards.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Ballard, firmly believing Hicks would try a field-goal, had been taken completely off guard.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • Then the 'varsity substitutes and the second team faced each other for fifteen minutes and the second scored a field-goal.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The angle, however, was difficult and few looked for a bona fide attempt at a field-goal.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for field-goal

field goal

noun
1.
(basketball) a goal scored while the ball is in normal play rather than from a free throw
2.
(American football) a score of three points made by kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts above the crossbar
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