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

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But his team lost, 14-13, as he was tackled short of the goal line attempting a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Billy Cannon, 1959 Heisman Trophy winner later convicted of counterfeiting, dies at 80," 23 May 2018 Andrew Das: Japan protested, but goal line technology proves its value again. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Japan’s World Cup Starts With a Wild Win Over Colombia," 20 June 2018 The Philadelphia Eagles' goal line stand held off the Atlanta Falcons. OregonLive.com, "NFL Conference Championships 2018: Teams, dates, times, TV schedule for each game," 15 Jan. 2018 Payne made an interception and then caught a touchdown pass after coming in for the goal line package. USA TODAY, "No. 4 Alabama's defense delivers payback, big statement," 2 Jan. 2018 With the defense discombobulated, Neymar abruptly did a U-turn into the box like a Russian cabdriver evading traffic and glided unfettered into the open space just in time to slide a cross from Willian across the goal line with his yellow cleat. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Brazil’s Joy Is Mexico’s Heartbreak in World Cup Knockout," 4 July 2018 Yes, late in the first period, Elliott allowed that Phil Kessel wrist shot to push its way through his pads, like a caterpillar from an egg, and wobble across the goal line. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "The Flyers' goalies aren't the answer for NHL Playoff woes, but they're not the real problem, either | Mike Sielski," 18 Apr. 2018 Coreau stopped Gallagher’s tip but fell backwards into the crease and ended up pushing the puck across the goal line. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings earn important loss, 4-2, to Canadiens in tank race," 26 Mar. 2018 Unfortunately for Ward, his skates – and therefore the puck – went across the goal line in doing so. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Hurricanes' goalie Cam Ward scores most bizarre own goal in game against Coyotes," 22 Mar. 2018

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goal line was in 1860

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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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