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free throw lane

noun, Basketball.
the rectangular area, 19 feet (5.7 meters) long and usually 12 or 16 feet (3.6 m or 4.8 meters) wide, extending from the end line behind each backboard to the foul line and along the sides of which players line up during a foul shot.
Origin of free throw lane
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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