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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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Examples for backfield
  • But in the postseason, he's been staying in the backfield and has missed a few tackles that he usually makes.
  • One client's family was cheering from the backfield where trees provided the only shade.
  • The two players who begin play at the ends of the offensive line are eligible receivers, as are all players in the backfield.
  • It's not how good the line is without a good backfield.
  • He heard them shouting as he stood in the backfield last year, a sitting duck in shoulder pads.
  • Had trouble with fumbles and danced a bit with the ball in the backfield.
  • Despite versatility, does not have a wealth of experience catching the football out of the backfield.
  • Only chance is to make it as a third-down receiver out of the backfield.
  • Run to fantasy championship starts in the backfield.
  • Cole does possess an explosive first step and flashes the ability to disrupt running plays in the backfield.
British Dictionary definitions for backfield

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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