Definition of penalty box in US English:

penalty box


Ice Hockey
  • An enclosure alongside the rink where players who have been assessed penalties must remain while they serve out their penalties.

    • ‘But they threw away a number of scoring opportunities in the penalty box area and wasted a number of stirring goal chances.’
    • ‘I'm very aggressive and very emotional, so I think I've done a good job staying out of the penalty box and taking aggressive penalties.’
    • ‘He deals only in goals, and still spends hours practising his shooting with both feet from all areas of the penalty box.’
    • ‘Both teams had high expectations coming into the season, yet have struggled because they can't stay out of the penalty box.’
    • ‘The two combatants then trundle off to the penalty box and the ‘real’ game resumes.’


penalty box

/ˈpenəltē bäks//ˈpɛnəlti bɑks/