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broken field

Origin of broken field
1895-1900, Americanism


[broh-kuh n-feeld] /ˈbroʊ kənˈfild/
adjective, Football.
performed, as by a ball-carrier, in a wide-open area covered by few defensive players, as opposed to the heavily trafficked area near the line of scrimmage.
1920-25, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The trees seemed of a strange shape, and strange were the stunted thorns dotted about the broken field in which he stood.

    The Secret Glory Arthur Machen
  • Like a broken field runner going absolutely haywire he dodged this way and that, and ducked under wings, or around parked planes.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • The second received the kick-off and Marvin ran the ball back forty yards through a broken field before he was nailed.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • His gun barked, but Black Bart was running like a football player down a broken field, swerving here and there with uncanny speed.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • But instants passed, and, indubitably, the world was a broken field!

    Foes Mary Johnston
  • Sometimes, indeed, the shrapnel lays a finger on him, but he whirls away out of its grip like a quarterback in a broken field.

    The A.E.F. Heywood Broun
  • His ability to avoid tacklers in the broken field had always puzzled me.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Eventually we crossed this broken field, reaching the edge of the gravel slope, where we were very glad indeed to rest.

  • He had made a run of ninety yards through a broken field in the last minute of play.

  • And what do you call this broken field of long pieces more or less closely connected?

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