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halfback

[haf-bak, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌbæk, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
Football.
  1. one of two backs who typically line up on each side of the fullback.
  2. the position played by such a back.
2.
(in soccer, Rugby, field hockey, etc.) a player stationed near the forward line to carry out chiefly offensive duties.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; half + back1
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Examples from the web for halfback
  • 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.
  • Calhoun plays right halfback in a wishbone, but he gets the football a lot of times in that offense.
British Dictionary definitions for halfback

halfback

/ˈhɑːfˌbæk/
noun
1.
(rugby) either the scrum half or the stand-off half
2.
(soccer, old-fashioned) 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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