down·​field | \-ˈfēld \

Definition of downfield 

: in or into the part of the field toward which the offensive team is headed

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The ball was moved downfield quickly and when Vertonghen failed to intercept the final pass, Haraguchi sprinted clear. Ryland James, chicagotribune.com, "Chadli fires Belgium into World Cup's last eight," 2 July 2018 INDIANAPOLIS - Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen wowed observers with his big arm Saturday, effortlessly firing at least one completion nearly 70 yards downfield during passing drills at the NFL combine. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL combine Saturday wrap-up: Wyoming QB Josh Allen wows with big arm," 3 Mar. 2018 Running backs Grade: 6 Cunningham has a knack for allowing his blockers to work for him on screen passes and had tight end Daniel Brown, Whitehair and Grasu making nice plays downfield on the 40-yard gain. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Grading the Bears: Sam Acho keeps producing with top outside linebackers down," 26 Dec. 2017 The Sabers have no fear in this regard and probably attack downfield more than a great majority of teams. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five Takeaways: Franklin 37, Oak Creek 10," 15 Sep. 2017 Max Ringwall, who plays for Eisenhower, caught a pass and ran downfield before pointing to Jack. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc's Jack Haney goes viral after tackle in eighth-grade football game," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of downfield

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downfield was in 1922

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downfield

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of downfield

sports : into or toward the part of the field toward which a team is headed

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