scrimmage

[skrim-ij]
noun
1.
a rough or vigorous struggle.
2.
Football.
a.
the action that takes place between the teams from the moment the ball is snapped until it is declared dead. Compare line of scrimmage.
b.
a practice session or informal game, as that played between two units of the same team.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), scrimmaged, scrimmaging.
3.
to engage in a scrimmage.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English, variant of scrimish, metathetic form of skirmish

scrimmager, noun
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scrimmage (ˈskrɪmɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  a rough or disorderly struggle
2.  American football the clash of opposing linemen at every down
 
vb
3.  (intr) to engage in a scrimmage
4.  (tr) to put (the ball) into a scrimmage
 
[C15: from earlier scrimish, variant of skirmish]
 
'scrimmager
 
n

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scrimmage
c.1470, alteration of skirmish (q.v.). The verb is recorded from 1825. Meaning in rugby and U.S. football dates from 1857, originally "a confused struggle between players."
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Example sentences
Skaters will learn basic hockey fundamentals through practice drills, game
  situations and scrimmage games.
The hockey program is designed to be instructional at the beginner levels with
  recreational game play at the scrimmage level.
One party could emerge from the scrimmage with a decisive victory.
Instruments tangle along invisible lines of scrimmage.
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