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back line

(in some team sports) the defensive players considered as a unit
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  • Front and second lines are usually 32 pitch; third line 24 pitch and back line 16 pitch.

    Illustrated Catalogue of Cotton Machinery Howard & Bullough American Machine Company, Ltd.
  • Seen in profile at a distance, the back line is comparatively straight.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Holt won on his first service and although Amy returned the next he missed the back line by an inch.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The back line should be straight and any tendency toward an arched back must be avoided.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • "That is what I should do," said Rendel, moving one of Rachel's pawns on to the back line.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • The back line of the Aylesbury should be straight, showing no tendency toward a slight concavity as in the Pekin.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • For once in my life, I was anxious to be in the chorus, even in the back line.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • In most beaver the shoulders swell plumply above the back line after the outline of the grizzly bear.

    In Beaver World Enos Abijah Mills

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