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place kick

noun, Football.
a kick in which the ball is held nearly upright on the ground either by means of a tee or by a teammate, as in a kickoff, an attempt at a field goal, etc.
Compare drop kick, punt1 (def 1).
Origin of place kick


or placekick

[pleys-kik] /ˈpleɪsˌkɪk/ Football.
verb (used with object)
to make (a field goal or point after touchdown) by a place kick.
to kick (the ball) as held for a place kick.
verb (used without object)
to make a place kick.
1855-60; v. use of place kick
Related forms
place-kicker, placekicker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for place kick
Historical Examples
  • A place kick is a kick at the ball while it is on the ground in the field of play.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • After a touchdown, which counts five, a place kick for goal is attempted.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • A place kick, a free kick, or a penalty kick must not be taken until the referee has given a signal for the same.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • Masters, the fullback, dropped to the rear in position for a place kick.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for place kick

place kick

a kick in which the ball is placed in position before it is kicked
to kick (a ball) using a place kick
Compare drop kick, punt2
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Word Origin and History for place kick



1845, originally in rugby, from place + kick (n.). Related: Place-kicking.

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