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To kick or hit a ball in a game or sport

strike at

to try to hit or kick something such as a ball with your hand, foot, or a piece of sports equipment

kick

verb

to hit a ball with your foot in a game such as football

play

verb

to hit or kick a ball

shoot

verb

in sport, to throw or kick a ball in an attempt to score points

cross

verb

in sports such as football, to kick or hit the ball from one side of the field to someone in the middle or on the other side

pass

verb

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

dribble

verb

to move forwards with a ball by kicking or bouncing it several times in games such as football and basketball

smash

verb

to hit a ball very hard

hook

verb

to hit, kick, or throw a ball so that it moves in a curved direction, especially in golf or football

stroke

verb

to hit or kick a ball with a smooth movement

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