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

  • noun A goal scored by a defender on his or her team's goal by a mistaken play, such as a misdirected pass.

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  • noun sports A goal that results from a player putting the ball or puck into the goal of his or her own team; the resulting goal being scored for the opposition.
  • noun figuratively A blunder that damages one's own prospects.

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  • noun (soccer) a goal that results when a player inadvertently knocks the ball into the goal he is defending


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