[foo t-bawl] /ˈfʊtˌbɔl/
a game in which two opposing teams of 11 players each defend goals at opposite ends of a field having goal posts at each end, with points being scored chiefly by carrying the ball across the opponent’s goal line and by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball over the crossbar between the opponent’s goal posts.
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the ball used in this game, an inflated oval with a bladder contained in a casing usually made of leather.
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something sold at a reduced or special price.
any person or thing treated roughly or tossed about:
They’re making a political football of this issue.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Government Slang. a briefcase containing the codes and options the president would use to launch a nuclear attack, carried by a military aide and kept available to the president at all times.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to offer for sale at a reduced or special price.
the ball used in any of these games or their variants
a problem, issue, etc, that is continually passed from one group or person to another and treated as a pretext for argument instead of being resolved: he accused the government of using the strike as a political football
open-air game, first recorded c.1400; see foot (n.) + ball (n.1). Forbidden in a Scottish statute of 1424. The first reference to the ball itself is late 15c. Figurative sense of “something idly kicked around” is first recorded 1530s. Ball-kicking games date back to the Roman legions, at least, but the sport seems to have risen to a national obsession in England, c.1630. Rules first regularized at Cambridge, 1848; soccer (q.v.) split off in 1863.
The U.S. style (known to some in England as “stop-start rugby with padding”) evolved gradually 19c.; the first true collegiate game is considered to have been played Nov. 6, 1869, between Princeton and Rutgers, at Rutgers, but the rules there were more like soccer. A rematch at Princeton Nov. 13, with the home team’s rules, was true U.S. football. The earliest recorded application of the word football to this is from 1881.
- Football pool
noun a type of gambling on the outcome of football games, with the winner receiving the accumulated betting money
[foo t-bath, -bahth] /ˈfʊtˌbæθ, -ˌbɑθ/ noun, plural footbaths [foo t-bath z, -bahth z, -baths, -bahths] /ˈfʊtˌbæðz, -ˌbɑðz, -ˌbæθs, -ˌbɑθs/ (Show IPA) 1. a for soothing or cleaning the . 2. a shallow receptacle containing chemically treated water for disinfecting the feet, as in a shower room or at the entrance to a swimming pool.
[foo t-bahyn-ding] /ˈfʊtˌbaɪn dɪŋ/ noun 1. (formerly in China) the act or practice of tightly binding the feet of infant girls to keep the feet as small as possible.
[foo t-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈfʊtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/ noun 1. a or small platform on which to support the or . 2. an upright piece across the of a bedstead. 3. a treadle. /ˈfʊtˌbɔːd/ noun 1. a treadle or foot-operated lever on a machine 2. a vertical board at the foot of a bed