broken field

noun

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism

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broken-field

[broh-kuhn-feeld]
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.

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism

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