back line

noun
variants: or less commonly backline play \ˈbak-ˌlīn\

Definition of back line

plural back lines also backlines
:the group or line of defensive players in some sports (such as ice hockey, soccer, and rugby)
  • Though it ends with Rolfe and forward Mike Magee, the counterattack can only start if the back line is solid with the ball.
  • —Seth GruenChicago Sun-Times7 July 2013

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First Known Use of back line

1925


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