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1(in ball games) a ball that has gone out of play or is declared to be out of play.
- ‘A baseball that lodges in an umpire's mask or paraphernalia should be ruled a dead ball and runners are allowed to advance one base.’
- ‘‘Some years ago when playing amateur football, I retrieved a dead ball from off the pitch, carried it back on and handed it to my goalie,’ Craig Thomas told us a few weeks ago.’
- ‘The ball careened back into fair territory and was caught by pitcher Kip Wells but was ruled a dead ball by plate umpire Travis Katzenmeier.’
- ‘There was a dead ball with 5 seconds to go in the game and while Denver started celebrating, the Kings left the court.’
- ‘The player may re-enter the game at the first dead ball after the 5-minute penalty has elapsed.’
- 1.1Soccer [as modifier] Involving a restart of the game by kicking a stationary ball, e.g. by a free kick:‘dead-ball situations’
- ‘His fantastic contribution to the Merseysiders' charge towards the Champions League continued last night as he netted his fourth dead ball goal in five successive wins for Gerard Houllier's men.’
- ‘The kick however was too heavily weighted and the ball trickled into the dead ball zone when a try seemed certain.’
- ‘Hakan Yakin is a free-kick expert who will be hard to shift from dead-ball situations around the box.’
- ‘Beckham's ability from dead-ball positions would definitely improve Arsenal, who sometimes appear to set little store by them.’
- ‘The second came from an intimidating dead-ball delivery by Beckham that Jermaine Taylor helplessly headed into his own net.’
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