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defensive back

noun, Football.
a defender positioned off the line of scrimmage for the purpose of covering pass receivers and tackling runners who elude linemen and linebackers. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The receiver and defensive back, who plays for the team you can think of as the dominant firm, jump for the ball and collide.
  • Once he made a comment to the coach that a certain defensive back was playing a little too wide.
  • She started as a defensive back in her freshman and sophomore years.

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