Definition of drop kick in English:

drop kick

(also drop-kick)


  • 1(chiefly in rugby) a kick made by dropping the ball and kicking it as it bounces up from the ground.

    • ‘Storm clouds could pile in from the Antarctic, but it was still possible to bounce the ball and let fly with a drop kick.’
    • ‘Jonny Wilkinson became an overnight household name after scoring the last-minute drop kick which won England the rugby World Cup last November on a rainy night in Sydney.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter if it's all penalties or a drop kick from the halfway line in the last minute of the match which gives you victory, a win is a win.’
    • ‘Following a drop kick by the goalie, the ball can be headed around at midfield for what seems like an eternity before a player actually puts a foot on the ball and gets things moving.’
    • ‘There was nothing to separate them during the regular season and there was nothing to separate them on Saturday, just that one drop kick.’
    • ‘If we're down by two points we need to work ourselves into a position to get a drop kick away or milk a penalty.’
    • ‘He made amends with the last kick of the game with an excellent drop kick to ensure that their last game against Carlow was a winner take all with the loser heading for Division 2.’
    • ‘He was a stylish half forward, noted for his ability to sidestep and take a drop kick.’
    • ‘And as the third quarter was about to end, Hogg recovered yet another ball, Scotland drove it and Dan Parks made it 12-6 with a neat drop kick.’
    • ‘Taking aim with his right foot he sent a drop kick sailing between the posts to give England a 20-17 win over holders Australia.’
    • ‘He suffered the final indignity on a day to forget when his drop kick under the posts hit the upright and came out.’
    • ‘He finished his display with a drop kick to put his match total to 22 points and ensure an emphatic win.’
    • ‘If the ball had touched the ground and was then caught on the bound, it was lawful to run, but only a drop kick was allowed.’
    • ‘His real downfall though was that he simply couldn't master the drop kick at all.’
    • ‘A quick drop kick conversion from Ellis brought them within two points but despite the best efforts from the whole team they finally ran out time.’
    • ‘Henry Mitchell raced in under the posts from 20 yards to open the scoring and add a drop kick conversion.’
    • ‘A ferocious finale was set up with the Panthers taking the game to the Buffaloes who held firm until the final minutes when Kiwi fly half Ray unleashed a match winning drop kick that shaved the posts the wrong side.’
    • ‘The Saints scrum-half then sealed an unlikely win with a 40-metre drop kick with only two seconds remaining.’
    • ‘He attempted to seal the points with a last second long range drop kick, but it drifted just wide.’
    • ‘In those days we were just a bunch of street kids playing cricket with a tennis ball and practising drop kicks over the telephone wires.’
    1. 1.1(chiefly in martial arts) a flying kick made against an opponent while dropping to the ground.
      • ‘A drop kick caught her by surprise, and she was hurled backwards by its supernatural force.’
      • ‘One theory is that this was inflicted by some kind of kung fu or karate drop kick.’
      • ‘I followed that up with a drop kick to the chest, and a snap kick to the temple.’
      • ‘I feinted a drop kick, then put all my strength into a haymaker with my right fist.’
      • ‘And bounding skyward, he opened himself for a drop kick.’
      • ‘She lunged at him with a drop kick to the chin, snapping his head upwards and he landed on his butt on the floor.’
      • ‘He hit a drop kick off the second rope for another two.’
      • ‘She snarled viciously as she threw her body into a drop kick.’
      • ‘The drop kick landing perfectly, I watched as she was hurled across the floor.’
      • ‘Mike looked over to see Jerry deliver a drop kick to a guard's head and then close-line another.’
      • ‘Cecil somersaulted, landing a drop kick square in Ashley's face with his boot.’
      • ‘The drop kick was a bit wayward and not really near the mark but Simon just basically turned away in disgust waving it off and walked away as his opponent crashed to the canvas.’
      • ‘Diving feet first toward him, the soldier planted a drop kick right between his shoulder blades, knocking him forward.’


[with object]
  • Kick using a drop kick.

    ‘Mick drop-kicked the sleeping bag into the corner of the room’
    • ‘Players use their hands, but cannot carry the ball for more than three steps, so they have to bounce it off the ground, drop-kick it back up to themselves, or send it on to another player.’
    • ‘‘Don't go away, ‘Tarrant said, ‘because we'll be drop-kicking a lot more your way in just a couple of minutes.’’
    • ‘Ben drop-kicked their opponent, sending him into the wall.’
    • ‘In 1905, after winning the Cup, players on the Ottawa Silver Seven decided to find out if they could drop-kick it over the frozen Rideau Canal in Ottawa.’
    • ‘They moved further into the lead after seven minutes when 19 year-old David Whitten drop-kicked brilliantly under pressure to put Portadown in a commanding 6-0 lead.’


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