- Ice Hockey a small, enclosed area just outside the wall surrounding the rink, where a player removed from the game must wait as a penalty
- Soccer the large rectangular area directly in front of each goal where a foul committed by a defensive player may result in a penalty kickalso penalty area
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(plural penalty boxes)
- (ice hockey) An enclosed bench where a player must remain for timed period (a penalty) that is assessed after an infraction.
- Both players got to cool their heels for five minutes in their respective penalty boxes after the fight.
- (soccer) The penalty area.
- (idiomatic, figuratively) A temporary punishment, or, metaphorically, a similar setback (e.g., loss of control, embarrassment, etc.).