Meaning of “free throw” in the English Dictionary

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"free throw" in British English

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free thrownoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfriː ˈθrəʊ/ us /ˌfriː ˈθroʊ/

Examples from literature

  • However, the meager paragraphs failed to reveal if the ball was dribbled or if free throws were allowed in the event of fouls being made on the brave participants. 
  • In a free throw the guard is not allowed to interfere with the ball hitting the pin. 
  • Violation of a rule constitutes a foul and gives the opponents a free throw for the basket from a point fifteen feet away. 

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

"free throw" in American English

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free thrownoun [ C ]

us /ˈfri ˌθroʊ/

(in basketball) an opportunity or attempt to score one or more points without opposition because of a foul committed by a member of the other team

(Definition of “free throw” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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