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foot fault Syllabification: foot fault
Pronunciation: /ˈfo͝ot ˌfôlt/

Definition of foot fault in English:


(In tennis, squash, and similar games) an infringement of the rules made by incorrect placement of the feet when serving.
Example sentences
  • Hewitt serves his second double fault of the match and is then called for a foot fault to give Federer a set point.
  • Williams admitted to being a little rusty, which showed in several double faults and foot faults.
  • He famously mooned a referee, threw a shoe at a baseline judge who kept calling foot faults and changed both his shirt and his shorts on court during a match.


(foot-fault) [no object] Back to top  
1(Of a player) make a foot fault: in his anxiety he foot-faulted
1.1 [with object] Award a foot fault against (a player): he was foot-faulted by the umpire
More example sentences
  • On his way to the US Open final he caused uproar when he yelled at a black linesmen who had foot-faulted him.
  • Given this resort's status as a celebrity magnet, you may fear being foot-faulted if you're not wearing Jimmy Choos on court.
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