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English definition of “handball”


noun uk   /ˈhænd.bɔːl/ us    /-bɑːl/
A2 [U] in the US, a game in which players hit a small hard rubber ball against a wall with their hands [U] a game similar to football, played by hitting a ball with your hands instead of your feet [C or U] in football, the act of touching the ball with your hand or arm
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