flag football

noun

: a variation of football in which a player must remove a flag attached to the ballcarrier's clothing to stop the play

Examples of flag football in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sport was left off that program—flag football, well capitalized by the NFL, was one of the new sports to make it in. Sean Gregory, TIME, 5 Mar. 2024 The Pro Bowl Games, meanwhile, has included a flag football game for the past two years. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2024 For being on the winning NFC Pro Bowl flag football team, Vikings Danielle Hunter, C.J. Ham and Andrew DePaola each get $88,000. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, 10 Feb. 2024 Peyton and Eli Manning return as head coaches of the AFC and NFC for the flag football game, which will air at 3 p.m. on ESPN. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Buck Tavern was popular with LGBTQ softball and flag football teams, Gouddou said, and rainbow beer can cutouts line the pallets fencing in Bear Dive’s back patio. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 But the inclusion of flag football at the Los Angeles Games prompts the question: Will NFL players participate on the world stage? Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2024 This conversation was conducted while Holt was visiting Charlotte, serving in his role as an NFL global flag football ambassador for a USA Football event. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 She was named the San Diego Section’s flag football defensive player of the year last fall. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flag football was in 1947

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“Flag football.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flag%20football. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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