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[foo l-bak] /ˈfʊlˌbæk/
noun, Football.
1.
a running back who lines up behind the quarterback and is farthest from the line of scrimmage.
2.
the position played by this back.
3.
(in soccer, Rugby, field hockey) a player stationed near the defended goal to carry out chiefly defensive duties.
Origin of fullback
1885-1890
1885-90; full1 + back1
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  • The majority are football terms that originally appeared inconsistently as "full-back," "fullback," and "full back," for example.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • The Army had the ball and the fullback punted it to the center of the field.

  • I'm hot on the trail of a fullback that will make Ted Coy at his coyest look like the paralyzed inmate of an old man's home.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • You'd make a good vault to store footballs in, but you're too stationary for a fullback.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • Walbridge and Barclay were a great team in themselves, backed up by Bray at fullback.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Sevensee would be fullback or center and Illy left end—what a receiver!

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • In 1898, when he went to Bucknell, he was immediately put at fullback and played there three years.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • The mainmast was consecrated to the left half, and the mizzen to the fullback.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • He just lowered his head and ran through them like a fullback went through a line.

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for fullback

fullback

/ˈfʊlˌbæk/
noun
1.
(soccer, hockey) one of two defensive players positioned in front of the goalkeeper
2.
(rugby) a defensive player positioned close to his own line
3.
the position held by any of these players
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