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Actions in playing games or sports

backhand

noun

in tennis and similar sports, a movement made to hit the ball in which the back of your hand moves towards the ball

ball

noun

an occasion when someone kicks, hits, or throws the ball in a game, or the way they kick, hit, or throw it

bookable offence

noun

an action by a football player that breaks the rules of the game and leads to the player’s name being officially recorded by the referee. After two bookable offences the player can be sent off (=made to leave the field).

cap

noun

if a football, rugby, or cricket player wins a cap, they play for their country in an international match

catch

noun

an act of stopping and holding an object moving through the air, especially a ball

chip

noun

in sport, the action of hitting or kicking a ball so that it goes high into the air for a short distance

clearance

noun

a kick or hit of a ball away from your goal in a game such as football

corner

noun

in football, hockey etc, a kick or hit that one team is allowed to take from a corner of the field, near the goal where they are trying to score

cross

noun

in sports such as football, the action of kicking or hitting the ball from one side of the field to someone in the middle or on the other side

delivery

noun

the way that someone throws a ball or makes a hit in a sport

dive

noun

a deliberate fall by a player who is pretending that an opponent made them fall

dribble

noun

the action of moving the ball by kicking or bouncing it several times in games such as football and basketball

drive

noun

a hard hit or kick of a ball

dummy

noun

a sudden movement of your body, especially in sports such as football, in order to make your opponent think that you are going to send the ball in a different direction

fair play

noun

the behaviour of players who follow the rules of a game and do not cheat

feint

noun

a movement that you pretend to make, especially to trick an opponent in a sport or fight

flank

noun

a position on the right or left side of a team or army, or the people in that position

follow-through

noun

the final part of the movement that you make when you hit, kick, or throw the ball in a sport

footwork

noun

the way that you move your feet when you are dancing or playing sports

foul

noun

something that you do in a game or sport that is not allowed by the rules

free kick

noun

in football, an occasion when a player is allowed to kick the ball without any opposition, because a player from the other team has broken a rule

fumble

noun

a failure to hold or catch a ball in sport

game

noun

the way that someone plays a sport

go

noun

your chance to play in a game or to take part in an activity

goal kick

noun

an occasion when a goalkeeper kicks the ball forward during a game of football in order to start the game again

half volley

noun

in some sports, a shot in which a player hits or kicks the ball just after it hits the ground

handball

noun

in football, the offence of touching the ball with your hands

header

noun

in football, the action of hitting a ball with your head

hit

noun

an occasion when a player hits the ball in a game

kick

noun

a hit with your foot

kick

noun

an act of kicking a ball in a game

kickoff

noun

the beginning of a game of football, when one player kicks the ball down the field

kickoff

noun

the starting time of a football match

knockabout

noun

an informal game with a ball

life

noun

in a game, one of a number of times that you can lose but still continue to play

marking

noun

the practice of staying beside a member of the other team in a game such as football in order to prevent them from getting the ball or playing effectively

obstruction

noun

an offence in a game such as football in which you put your body between an opponent and the ball so that they cannot get it

offense

noun

the part of a game such as american football that involves trying to score points

offside

noun

an occasion when a player is offside in a game such as football

one-two

noun

in football, a pass of the ball from one player to another and a quick pass back to the first player

pass

noun

a kick, hit, or throw of the ball to another player in your sports team

penalty

noun

in football, rugby, and similar sports, a chance to score a goal or point without other players trying to take the ball off you. This is given to you because an opponent has broken a rule

penalty kick

noun

in football, rugby, and similar sports, a chance to kick the ball directly into the goal or between the goalposts without other players trying to take the ball off you. This is given to you because an opponent has broken a rule.

penalty shoot-out

noun

in football, a series of chances to kick the ball into the goal, given to both teams as a way of deciding who wins the game when both teams have the same score

play

noun

the action in a sport or game

play

noun

a particular action in a game, or the quality of the action

possession

noun

if you have possession in a team game such as football or basketball, you have the ball

power play

noun

in team sports, a situation in which one team puts a large number of players in one area to achieve something by force

professional foul

noun

in football, an action in which a player deliberately does something that is not allowed by the rules in order to stop the other team from getting an advantage

punt

noun

the action of dropping a ball from your hands, and kicking it in the air, especially in the game of American football

rally

noun

an occasion when two players in a game such as tennis hit the ball to each other several times before either of them wins the point

retake

noun

an act of performing a kick or a hit again in a game such as football

return

noun

the action of hitting a ball back to an opponent in a game such as tennis

run-up

noun

a run that someone makes before jumping, throwing a ball etc

serve

noun

a hit of a ball that starts the play in a game such as tennis

serve

noun

a particular way of serving a ball

service

noun

a hit of a ball that starts the play in a game such as tennis

set piece

noun

a clever and impressive piece of play that players in a sports team have planned and practised

shoot-out

noun

a penalty shoot-out

shot

noun

an act of throwing, hitting, or kicking a ball, or a ball that has been thrown, hit, or kicked

slice

noun

in sport, a way of hitting the ball on its edge so that it curves or spins

slice

noun

a mistake in hitting a ball that makes it curve to the side instead of going straight

smash

noun

the action of hitting a ball very hard

spike

noun

in the sport of volleyball, a shot in which the player hits the ball downwards very hard

start

noun

an occasion when a sports player takes part in a game at the beginning

stepover

noun

in football, a sudden movement in which you step over the ball while you are running with it, in order to make an opponent think you are going to kick the ball in a different direction

strike

noun

a hit or kick of a ball, especially one with which you score a goal or a point

stroke

noun

an instance of hitting the ball in some sports, or the way in which someone hits it

tackle

noun

an attempt to take the ball from an opponent in a game such as football

throw

noun

the action of throwing something such as a ball

throw-in

noun

in football, an occasion when a player throws the ball back onto the field after it has gone out

touch

noun

the action of hitting or kicking a ball

try-out

noun

a test for someone who wants to become a member of a team or wants to get a part in a play or film

volley

noun

the action of hitting or kicking a ball back to an opponent before it touches the ground

on the ball

controlling the ball in a sports game

run the clock down

in the final part of a sports match, to prevent the opposite team from getting the ball so that they are unable to score

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