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personal foul

Syllabification: per·son·al foul

Definition of personal foul in English:

noun

Sports A rule violation involving illegal contact, as (in basketball) touching a player who is in the act of shooting.
Example sentences
  • He got one rebound, committed one personal foul, and missed one shot in two minutes.
  • When he retired after 13 seasons, he owned the franchise records for games, points, free throws, assists, steals and personal fouls.
  • Defensively, the team has committed more than its share of personal fouls.

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