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linebacker

[lahyn-bak-er] /ˈlaɪnˌbæk ər/
noun, Football.
1.
a player on defense who takes a position close behind the linemen.
2.
the position played by this player.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; line1 + backer
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Examples from the web for linebacker
  • Now imagine that the lion is a linebacker and the gazelle is a fleet-footed running back.
  • He played both sides of the ball: running back and linebacker.
  • He was a single-minded all-city-linebacker health-food freak.
  • Here he comes again, with those linebacker's eyes and that tight smile that hides the iron teeth.
  • He lacked both the size of a typical college linebacker and the speed of a running back, but he was dogged and smart.
British Dictionary definitions for linebacker

linebacker

/ˈlaɪnˌbækə/
noun
1.
a defensive player in American or Canadian football who is positioned just behind the line of scrimmage
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