flanker

noun flank·er \ ˈflaŋ-kər \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of flanker

: a football player stationed wide of the formation slightly behind the line of scrimmage as a pass receiver called also flanker back

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First Known Use of flanker

1940

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  • American football : a player on the offensive team whose position is toward the side and behind the line of scrimmage


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