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 The Chiefs got those last seven points thanks to the duo of Kelce and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who connected with the tight end before Kelce pushed the ball through a line of defensemen and over the goal line for a touchdown. Lindsay Kimble, Peoplemag, 22 Oct. 2023 Howell fumbled and Cameron Thomas scooped the ball up and lunged across the goal line for the go-ahead score. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, 10 Sep. 2023 Led by back-up quarterback Frank Reich, the Terrapins score on six consecutive drives in the second half and stop Hurricane running back Melvin Bratton’s two-point conversion attempt on the goal line late in the fourth quarter. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Behind by three points, U.S.C. had the ball on Notre Dame’s goal line, with seven seconds left. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2023 But Robinson made a break for the ball before it was thrown; eventually skying to come up with an interception at the goal line. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 Purdy came through on fourth down at the Rams 1 on the final play before halftime, sneaking over the goal line to even the score 17-17. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 18 Sep. 2023 Buckner scooped up the ball and raced toward the end zone, stiff arming Jags offensive tackle Anton Harrison at the 2-yard line and using every inch of his 6-7 frame to stretch the ball over the goal line for the 26-yard touchdown, the second of his career. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Sep. 2023 Miami’s Xavien Howard boxed out DeVante Parker and intercepted Mac Jones just before the goal line. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goal line was in 1860

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“Goal line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goal%20line. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

goal line

: a line at either end of a playing area that marks the goal
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