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quarterback

[kwawr-ter-bak] /ˈkwɔr tərˌbæk/
noun
1.
a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
2.
the position played by this back.
3.
a person who leads or directs a group or activity.
verb (used with object)
4.
to direct the offense of (a team).
5.
to lead or direct:
to quarterback a public-relations campaign.
verb (used without object)
6.
to play the position of quarterback.
Origin of quarterback
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism; quarter + back1
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  • Roehm, the quarterback, was one of Hughitt's understudies last season.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • Foss, the Ohio quarterback, was the individual star of the game.

  • Even as Buck was falling, the quarterback started racing down the field toward his goal.

  • The ball was thrown forward by the quarterback, which was a foul.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • The quarterback stooped, picked up the ball, and dexterously passed it as the formation thundered down upon him.

    Caybigan James Hopper
British Dictionary definitions for quarterback

quarterback

/ˈkwɔːtəˌbæk/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
a player in American or Canadian football, positioned usually behind the centre, who directs attacking play
2.
Monday-morning quarterbacking, wisdom after the event, esp by spectators
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Word Origin and History for quarterback
n.

in U.S. football, 1876, from quarter (n.) + back (n.); so called from his position on the field at the start of play, between the halfback and the center. As a verb from 1945. Figurative sense from 1952. Monday morning quarterback is 1932 (n.), 1972 (v.); originally pro football player slang for sportswriters (U.S. professional football games typically are played on Sundays).

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Slang definitions & phrases for quarterback

quarterback

verb

To lead or direct; control; manage: and quarterbacking the rise of Action News at Channel 6 (1945+)

Related Terms

monday morning quarterback

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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