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goal line

noun, Sports.
the line that bounds a goal, especially the front line.
Origin of goal line
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Back of Hillton, less than eight yards away, lay the goal-line.

    The Half-Back Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The goal-line was plain before him now; ten yards only remained.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Squarely between the posts and directly under the cross-bar stood Joel March, his left foot on the goal-line.

    The Half-Back Ralph Henry Barbour
  • To kick off when the ball has been sent behind the goal-line by one of his opponents.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • A “corner” occurs when the ball goes behind the goal-line, but not into goal.

  • The coaches want a team that can carry the ball over the goal-line, not one that can boot it over the cross-bar.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • A Maroon and White end awaited the ball, for the instant all alone on the Blues goal-line.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
  • “Here” was, Trevor saw with unspeakable disgust, some three yards from the goal-line.

    The Gold Bat P. G. Wodehouse
  • The Hillton full stood just inside the goal-line and stretched his hands out.

    Behind the Line Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The whistle found us pressing heavily, just outside the goal-line (the Tonbury one).

British Dictionary definitions for goal-line

goal line

(sport) the line marking each end of the pitch, on which the goals stand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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