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tailback

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noun tail·back \ˈtāl-ˌbak\

Simple Definition of tailback

  • American football : a player on offense who runs with the ball and blocks

  • : a situation in which the flow of traffic is blocked and a long line of vehicles forms

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tailback

  1. 1 :  the offensive football back farthest from the line of scrimmage

  2. 2 British :  a line of vehicles caused by a traffic slowdown or stoppage

Examples of tailback in a sentence

  1. <stuck in a five-mile tailback on the southbound carriageway>



1930

First Known Use of tailback

1930


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