back line

variants: or less commonly backline \ ˈbak-​ˌlīn How to pronounce backline (audio) \
plural back lines also backlines

Definition of back line

: 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 Gruen, Chicago Sun-Times, 7 July 2013

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First Known Use of back line

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Back line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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