dead-ball line

dead-ball line

[ded-bawl]
noun Rugby.
the line at each end of the field parallel to and not over 25 yards (23 meters) behind the goal line.

Origin:
1890–95

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dead-ball line
 
n
rugby a line not more than 22 metres behind the goal line at each end of the field beyond which the ball is out of play

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