from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An area to the side of an ice-hockey rink or a playing field in which penalized players wait out the time of their penalties.

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  • noun ice hockey An enclosed bench where a player must remain for timed period (a penalty) that is assessed after an infraction.
  • noun soccer The penalty area.
  • noun idiomatic, figuratively A temporary punishment, or, metaphorically, a similar setback (e.g., loss of control, embarrassment, etc.).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (ice hockey) an enclosed bench to the side of an ice-hockey rink for players who are serving time penalties


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