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running back

noun, Football.
1.
an offensive back, as a halfback or fullback, whose principal role is advancing the ball by running with it on plays from scrimmage.
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  • He ran in a two-point conversion to tie the game, unwittingly suggesting that running back might be a more natural position.
  • In football he played safety, offensive running back and punter.
  • Now imagine that the lion is a linebacker and the gazelle is a fleet-footed running back.
  • Since there was a lot to be worked out, all the kids kept running back to the picnic table to decode, then back out to the field.
  • The quarterback receives the snap from the center and fakes a handoff to the running back.
  • As a running back, you're supposed to hold onto the ball.
  • They were thickly clustered along the river's edge, on long and thin lots running back into the nearby hinterland.

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