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scrimmage

[skrim-ij] /ˈskrɪm ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a rough or vigorous struggle.
2.
Football.
  1. the action that takes place between the teams from the moment the ball is snapped until it is declared dead.
  2. 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
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English, variant of scrimish, metathetic form of skirmish
Related forms
scrimmager, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scrimmaging

scrimmage

/ˈskrɪmɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a rough or disorderly struggle
2.
(American football) the clash of opposing linemen at every down
verb
3.
(intransitive) to engage in a scrimmage
4.
(transitive) to put (the ball) into a scrimmage
Derived Forms
scrimmager, noun
Word Origin
C15: from earlier scrimish, variant of skirmish
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Word Origin and History for scrimmaging

scrimmage

n.

sometimes also scrummage, late 15c., alteration of skirmish (n.). Meaning in rugby and U.S. football dates from 1857, originally "a confused struggle between players."

v.

1825, "quarrel, argue," from scrimmage (n.). Team sports sense is from 1881. Related: Scrimmaged; scrimmaging.

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