One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in sports) a ball that has gone out of play or is declared to be out of play.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘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.’
dead ball/ˈded ˌbôl/
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