Definition of foot fault in English:

foot fault


  • (in tennis, squash, and similar games) an infringement of the rules made by overstepping the baseline when serving.

    • ‘Williams admitted to being a little rusty, which showed in several double faults and foot faults.’
    • ‘‘Maybe I got a little lucky with that foot-fault call, but I still felt like I started to play better and better,’ Federer said.’
    • ‘Hewitt was serving at 2-3 and 30-30 in the second set when he was called for a questionable foot-fault.’
    • ‘In the second set, a linesman calls a foot-fault on him and cops a subsequent brat-attack barrage from Lleyton at the end of the game.’
    • ‘Hewitt serves his second double fault of the match and is then called for a foot fault to give Federer a set point.’
    • ‘He famously mooned a referee, threw a shoe at a baseline judge who kept calling foot faults and changed both his shirt and his shorts on court during a match.’


[no object]
  • 1(of a player) make a foot fault.

    ‘in his anxiety he foot-faulted’
    1. 1.1with object Award a foot fault against (a player).
      • ‘Given this resort's status as a celebrity magnet, you may fear being foot-faulted if you're not wearing Jimmy Choos on court.’
      • ‘On his way to the US Open final he caused uproar when he yelled at a black linesmen who had foot-faulted him.’


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