goal line


Definition of goal line

: a line at either end and usually running the width of a playing area on which a goal or goalpost is situated

Examples of goal line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the game tied a 4-4 (touchdowns were four points then), an Oregon ballcarrier, H.S. Templeton, fumbles near the goal line. oregonlive, "Civil War football history: The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers’ 122 meetings, game by game," 25 Nov. 2019 But then, in that fourth game, Haskins took a carry near the goal line, attempted a spin move and was brought down. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why almost everyone except Michigan football whiffed on Hassan Haskins," 14 Nov. 2019 Mike Evans was dragged down near the goal line, no call was made, but officials reviewed it and (rightfully) called pass interference. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Not pass interference: Arizona Cardinals robbed on final play vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers?," 11 Nov. 2019 Two plays, 51 yards and this was looking familiar. -- As has a happened a few times this year, the drive lost momentum near the goal line. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A few extra observations from Alabama’s loss to LSU," 10 Nov. 2019 Eden James added a touchdown run near the goal line late in the first half to extend the lead to 33-0 entering halftime. Alex Kushel, sun-sentinel.com, "Visiting Treasure Coast trounces Santaluces in 8A regional quarterfinal," 8 Nov. 2019 McClain would re-enter the game in the fourth quarter and the Indians would come down to a 4th-and-1 call near the goal line with 7:37 left. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "GMC football title still runs through Colerain, who holds off Fairfield in overtime," 2 Nov. 2019 On the second of those fourth-down plays — a pass intended for Slayton near the goal line — a flag was thrown, but officials eventually decided not to call pass interference, and the ball went over to the Lions. Noah Trister, courant.com, "Giants’ only turnover a costly one in another slow start," 27 Oct. 2019 Watson, though, attempted a pass just after the whistle blew and found Hopkins near the goal line. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL officials wipe out Deshaun Watson TD with controversial call in Texans vs. Colts," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of goal line

1860, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2019

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“Goal line.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goal%20line. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of goal line

: a line that must be crossed to score a goal in soccer, hockey, football, etc.

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Kids Definition of goal line

: a line that must be crossed to score a goal

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