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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
1885-1890
1885-90; full1 + back1
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  • Then he pivots right and fakes another handoff to the fullback.
  • Lisa, who is small for her age, has trouble playing soccer until the coach devises a plan to turn her into a valuable fullback.
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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