first down


first down

noun

American football : the first of a series of usually four downs in which a team must gain 10 yards to keep the ball; also : the right to start a new series of downs after a gain of 10 or more yards

Full Definition of FIRST DOWN

1
:  the first of a series of usually four downs in which a football team must net a 10-yard gain to retain possession of the ball
2
:  a gain of a total of 10 or more yards within usually four downs giving the team the right to start a new series of downs

Examples of FIRST DOWN

  1. They have first down on the 20-yard line.
  2. The pass was completed for a first down.

First Known Use of FIRST DOWN

circa 1897

Rhymes with FIRST DOWN

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