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foul line (plural foul lines)

  1. (basketball) A line from which a player takes a free throw
  2. (baseball, softball) One of the two lines on the edge of a field marking the area inside which a fair ball may be hit.
  3. (bowling) A line between the lane and the approach, which the bowler must not cross.
  4. (athletics) In long jump, a line before which the jumper must start their jump with no part of the foot touching the line.