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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What was the good of getting up the football fifteen when our only “place-kick” was gone?

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • A place-kick was attempted, but was blocked, and time was soon called.

    An Annapolis First Classman Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
  • A place-kick is made by kicking the ball after it has been placed on the ground.

    American Football Walter Camp
  • Kick-off is a place-kick from the centre of the field of play.

    American Football Walter Camp
  • It was third down, and over on the side-line Roy measured the distance from cross-bar to back-field and watched for a place-kick.

    The Crimson Sweater Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Faking a place-kick, her right half took the ball through Wendell for six and it was second down on Parkinsons thirty.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Later in the game, Pope had added 104 three more points by a place-kick from the forty-two yards.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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