line of scrimmage

noun phrase

Definition of line of scrimmage

: an imaginary line in football that is parallel to the goal lines and tangent to the nose of the ball laid on the ground and marks the position of the ball at the start of each down

First Known Use of line of scrimmage

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of line of scrimmage was circa 1909

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“Line of scrimmage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/line%20of%20scrimmage. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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line of scrimmage

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English Language Learners Definition of line of scrimmage

American football : an imaginary line that goes across the field at the place where the football is put before each play begins

line of scrimmage

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Kids Definition of line of scrimmage

: an imaginary line in football parallel to the goal lines and running through the place where the ball is laid before each play begins

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