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field goal (plural field goals)

  1. (American football, Canadian football) When the ball is kicked through the uprights and over the crossbar (not after a touchdown) for 3 points.
    He kicked a 33 yard field goal just before the half.
    • 2016 January 24, Les Chappell, “TV: Review: The Simpsons (Classic), “Natural Born Kissers” (season nine, episode 25, originally aired 05/17/1998)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Sure, Homer and Marge being caught naked in front of the town is funny, but why not make it total humiliation? Why not have Homer dragged ass-first over a church’s glass ceiling and force the pastor to give praise to God’s floors? Why not have Homer’s rear end block a game-winning field goal?
  2. (basketball) A made shot that was not a free throw.
    He got six field goals in the first half, two from three-point land.
  3. (rugby) A goal scored where a ball that is in play but on the ground is kicked through the uprights and over the crossbar.

Alternative formsEdit

  • drop-kick (North American rules football)
  • field-goal (Basketball and North American rules football)

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