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broken field

noun
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism

broken-field

[broh-kuh n-feeld] /ˈbroʊ kənˈfild/
adjective, Football.
1.
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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  • He is extremely difficult after the catch because of his vision and broken-field running ability.

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