cornerback

noun
cor·​ner·​back | \ ˈkȯr-nər-ˌbak How to pronounce cornerback (audio) \

Definition of cornerback

: a defensive halfback in football who defends the flank

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During the voluntary mini-camp, Fangio said Jackson would work at both safety and cornerback this spring. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos analysis: 5 things we learned during the offseason program," 6 June 2019 Sherman has never been the fastest cornerback, often using his exquisite technique and smarts to make up for less than elite speed. CBS News, "Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks star cornerback, to be released after 7 seasons," 9 Mar. 2018 Johnson had 68 catches for 985 yards and his size makes him a matchup nightmare for Big 12 cornerbacks. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "After 10-4 finish, Longhorns have to plug up defense," 13 Apr. 2019 Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks catches a pass against New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Super Bowl of Opposites," 25 Jan. 2019 Both of those throws beat Minnesota cornerback Trae Waynes, who missed the second half with a concussion. Greg Beacham, Fox News, "Rams top Vikings, 38-31, as Goff throws for 465 yards, 5 TDs," 28 Sep. 2018 So was Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard from Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Here's five reasons to feel better about the Miami Dolphins in July," 13 July 2018 Washington acquired Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander with a sixth-round bid. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "NFL’s supplemental draft passes quietly for inactive Chiefs," 11 July 2018 Senior quarterback Brett Rypien and senior cornerback Tyler Horton will join coach Bryan Harsin at the Mountain West Football Media Summit in Las Vegas on July 24. ... Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Ex-Boise State linebacker heads to College of Idaho after ending baseball career," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of cornerback

1955, in the meaning defined above

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