Meaning of “field goal” in the English Dictionary

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"field goal" in British English

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field goalnoun [ C ]

/ˈfiːld ˌɡəʊl/ /ˈfiːld ˌɡoʊl/

Examples from literature

  • But he was proud even to do that, and made a field goal that merited him considerable applause. 
  • In a field goal the player executing it must not kick the ball until after it has touched the ground. 
  • It was not unusual for the ball to be passed from player to player after a scrimmage until a touchdown or a field goal was made. 
  • The principal scores in football are the "touchdown" and the "field goal." 
  • This of course does not apply to a field goal, which may be attempted at any time while the ball is in possession of the team and which counts three. 

(Definition of “field goal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"field goal" in American English

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field goalnoun [ C ]

/ˈfild ˌɡoʊl/

a play in football worth three points made by kicking the ball between the other team’s goalposts

(Definition of “field goal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)