[haf-bak, hahf-]
one of two backs who typically line up on each side of the fullback.
the position played by such a back.
(in soccer, Rugby, field hockey, etc.) a player stationed near the forward line to carry out chiefly offensive duties.

1880–85; half + back1

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halfback (ˈhɑːfˌbæk)
1.  rugby either the scrum half or the stand-off half
2.  old-fashioned soccer any of three players positioned behind the line of forwards and in front of the fullbacks
3.  any of certain similar players in other team sports
4.  the position of a player who is halfback

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Defenses may have more trouble defending a two halfback formation--Roger.
He played halfback in the single wing, safety on defense, and also punted and
  did the place-kicking.
Jeff led the team at halfback and was known for his intelligent play.
The halfback and coach settled their differences quickly.
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