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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 toward 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

blast

noun

a powerful throw or hit in a game played with a ball

catch

noun

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

chip

noun

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

corner

noun

in soccer, field hockey, etc., a kick 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 soccer and hockey, 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 bouncing or kicking it several times in games such as basketball and soccer

drive

noun

a hard hit or kick of a ball

dropkick

noun

a kick in football or rugby where a player drops the ball and kicks it as it comes up from the ground

dummy

noun

a movement in a sports game made to trick someone

fair play

noun

the behavior 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 soccer, 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 sports

game

noun

the way that someone plays a sport

gamer

noun

a player’s action in a sports competition that wins the game for their team

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 toward the opposite goal during a game of soccer 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 soccer, the offense of touching the ball with your hands

header

noun

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

hit

noun

an occasion when a player hits the ball in a game

interference

noun

in sports such as football, the act of touching or standing in front of an opponent or opponents in order to prevent them from moving

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 soccer or football, when one player kicks the ball down the field

kickoff

noun

the starting time of a football game

life

noun

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

obstruction

noun

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

offence

the British spelling of offense

offense

noun

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

one-two

noun

in soccer, 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 kick

noun

in soccer, a chance to kick the ball directly into the goal without being stopped by anyone except one person on the other team, given to you because an opponent has broken a rule

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 soccer, 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 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

rally

noun

an improvement in the way that a team is playing after they have played badly

retake

noun

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

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 practiced

shot

noun

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

slice

noun

in sports, 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 downward 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 soccer

throw

noun

the action of throwing something such as a ball

throw-in

noun

in soccer, 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 movie

volley

noun

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

penalty shot

in hockey, soccer, and similar sports, a chance to score a goal or point without being stopped by anyone except one person on the other team, given to you because an opponent has broken a rule

run the clock down

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

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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