broken-field

adjective

bro·​ken-field ˈbrō-kən-ˌfēld How to pronounce broken-field (audio)
: characterized by or making quick changes in direction to avoid widely scattered tacklers
a halfback known for broken-field running
a broken-field runner

Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of broken-field was in 1903

Dictionary Entries Near broken-field

Cite this Entry

“Broken-field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broken-field. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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