popping crease

noun Cricket.
a line parallel to and in advance of a bowling crease, marking the limit of a batsman's approach in hitting the ball.

1765–75; pop1 + -ing1

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popping crease
cricket a line four feet in front of and parallel with the bowling crease, at or behind which the batsman stands
[C18: from pop1 (in the obsolete or dialect sense: to hit) + crease1]

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