foul ball

foul ball

noun Baseball.
1.
a batted ground ball that is hit and played outside the foul lines, or that passes outside the foul lines at first or third base, or that is played outside the foul line between home and first or third base regardless of where hit.
2.
a batted fly ball played or landing outside the foul lines.
3.
Slang. an incompetent, unlucky, or eccentric person.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

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foul ball

noun
(baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field [ant: fair ball
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