forward pass

noun

Definition of forward pass 

: a pass (as in football) made in the direction of the opponent's goal

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These gamers sensed that running the ball with your quarterback under center, to obey traditions that dated back to leather helmets and a time when the forward pass wasn’t even legal, was nothing short of lunacy. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NBA and NFL Have Become Videogames," 6 Nov. 2018 Three decades ago, the game was still rooted in the fundamental philosophies that had existed since the invention of the forward pass. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Rise of the NFL’s Mediocre Quarterback," 6 Sep. 2018 The University of Michigan’s head football coach has done more to shake up his sport than almost anyone since Knute Rockne revealed the possibilities of the forward pass. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Michigan coach's athlete payment plan to invest in stocks has its holes," 12 May 2018 Mostly everyone was unaffected by the rising tide, although one young boy did lose his Nerf footballin the river after his friend had a rather impressive forward pass. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Thunder Over Louisville is, indeed, over. Here are some short stories to recapture the fun," 21 Apr. 2018 But even though the forward pass was legalized in 1906, until the ball took on its present size and shape in 1935, the pass was a nonplay. Popular Mechanics, "The Evolution of the Football," 1 Feb. 2018 Sergio Busquets cued Barcelona with a forward pass for Ivan Rakitic, who pushed down the middle before playing Sergi Roberto wide. Kieran Canning/afp, chicagotribune.com, "La Liga Recap: Barcelona open up 14-point gap on Madrid after El Clasico win," 23 Dec. 2017 Milner executed the perfect lay-off from Can's forward pass and the Germany midfielder surged through to sidefoot powerfully into the corner from the edge of the area. USA TODAY, "Liverpool beats Maribor 3-0, tops Champions League group," 1 Nov. 2017 El Shaarawy scored his second in the 36th by latching onto a forward pass from Chelsea's summer transfer target, Radja Nainggolan. USA TODAY, "Champions League: Stephan El Shaarawy's brace helps Roma outclass Chelsea," 31 Oct. 2017

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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forward pass

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English Language Learners Definition of forward pass

American football : a pass made in the direction of the opponent's goal

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