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backfield

[bak-feeld] /ˈbækˌfild/
noun, Football.
1.
(used with a plural verb) the members of the team who, on offense, are stationed behind the linemen and, on defense, behind the linebackers.
2.
their positions considered as a unit.
3.
the area where the backs play.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; back1 + field
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British Dictionary definitions for back-field

backfield

/ˈbækˌfiːld/
noun (American football)
1.
(sometimes functioning as pl) the backfield, the quarterback and running backs in a team
2.
the area behind the line of scrimmage from which the backfield begin each play
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