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first down

noun, Football.
1.
the first of four consecutive plays during which an offensive team must advance the ball at least ten yards to retain possession of it.
2.
a gain of ten or more yards by an offensive team that entitles it to continued possession for a new series of downs.
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  • The first down-time estimate was a day or so, then it became months.
  • Not a first down, not field position, not a field goal try.
  • My parents paid for my college and helped me with my first down payment.
  • Their ankles can rotate to let them go head first down a cliff or a tree.
  • As he turned toward the platform he apparently lost his footing and began sliding feet first down the roof.
  • If the inspector is unable to determine by examination which side is first down, then press perfecting is acceptable.
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