Definition of place kick in English:

place kick


  • A kick made after the ball is first placed on the ground.

    • ‘The first half was very evenly balanced with each team relying heavily on place kicks for their score.’
    • ‘As a younger man Armstrong was also a capable Australian Rules footballer and particularly adept at the place kick - a technique no longer used in the game.’
    • ‘He stepped up to take the place kick from 40 yards on the left wing.’
    • ‘He was spot on with the boot with another two place kicks and a further one-pointer to ensure a berth to the next round.’
    • ‘The abandonment of Punchestown on Saturday was a disappointment particularly as the track executive had put so much effort into bringing punters in and getting the place kick started again after all the recent controversy and troubles.’


often as noun place-kicking
  • no object Take a place kick.

    • ‘In recent seasons he attracted unwarranted criticism, primarily due to frailties with his place-kicking on the big occasion.’
    • ‘As if this wasn't enough, modern stadia, with their towering, enclosed stands, are far better suited to place-kicking, as they virtually eliminate the swirling winds which make kicking difficult.’
    • ‘He had been one of New Zealand's star turns in the pool stages, scoring two tries and stepping up to save him from the excruciating embarrassment of not being able to place-kick midway through the first match.’
    • ‘The club would do well to have him specialize in place-kicking.’
    • ‘He can kick from hand, run and tackle, but he can't place-kick.’


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