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[tuhch-bak] /ˈtʌtʃˌbæk/
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 of touchback
1885-90; touch + back2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At the end of a fifteen-minute scrimmage the varsity had forced its opponents to two touchdowns and a touchback.
British Dictionary definitions for touchback


(American football) 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 Compare safety (sense 4b)
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