touch-back

touchback

[tuhch-bak]
noun Football.
a play in which the ball is downed after having been kicked into the end zone by the opposing team or having been recovered or intercepted there, or in which it has been kicked beyond the end zone. Compare safety ( def 6a ).

Origin:
1885–90; touch + back2

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touchback (ˈtʌtʃˌbæk)
 
n
American football Compare safety a play in which the ball is put down by a player behind his own goal line when the ball has been put across the goal line by an opponent

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