line judge


Definition of line judge

: a football linesman whose duties include keeping track of the official time for the game

Examples of line judge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was disqualified from his fourth-round match after inadvertently hitting a line judge with a ball that Djokovic hit after dropping a game in the opening set., 29 Aug. 2021 Although this tournament may always be known for the absence of Federer and Nadal and Djokovic’s disqualification for unintentionally hitting a line judge with a ball, Thiem’s name will be etched in the same font as past champions. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Keeping his temper under control has been an issue before for Djokovic, who was disqualified from last year's U.S. Open after unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball during a fourth-round match against Carreño Busta. Andrew Dampf, Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 Kyrgios argued loudly with the umpire after the glamour duo went down an early break in the third set, apparently unhappy about an earlier late call from a line judge., 2 July 2021 During a fourth-round match at Ashe against Pablo Carreño Busta in September, Djokovic was defaulted from the U.S. Open for inadvertently hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball after dropping a game. Howard Fendrich,, 24 May 2021 The others, Carl Johnson (line judge) and Greg Steed (back judge), were drawn from other crews. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2020 Dzumhur, who reached a career-high ranking of 23rd in 2018, was serving at 5-5, 40-40 in the opening set against Botic van de Zandschulp when a forehand from his Dutch opponent was called in by the line judge. Reuters, CNN, 17 Mar. 2021 He was defaulted from the U.S. Open in the fourth round after inadvertently hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball. Star Tribune, 6 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of line judge

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Line judge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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