linebacking

noun
line·​back·​ing | \ ˈlīn-ˌba-kiŋ How to pronounce linebacking (audio) \

Definition of linebacking

: the action or art of playing linebacker

Examples of linebacking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps, this linebacking room is even deeper this year than last year, and Tooley and Bywater compliment Pili and Payton Wilgar. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 The Browns’ linebacking corps could look very different in 2022, even if the main players are the same. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 2 June 2022 Gattis also seemed to stray from interior running plays in favor of lateral runs that never stood a chance against Georgia’s speedy linebacking corps. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2022 Backups have stepped up in Tampa Bay’s secondary, their linebacking unit, their defensive line, and at tight end. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 This was another solid week for the linebacking room. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 3 Oct. 2021 The Bruin coaches who molded Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks into first and second-round draft picks, respectively, pitched Genmark Heath the possibility of growing into the school’s latest linebacking star. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 The Colts’ satellite back was given just four touches last week in Miami after being given almost 10 per game through the first three weeks, and Hines’ route-running ability should give him the advantage against Baltimore’s young linebacking corps. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Oct. 2021 Last season when New England’s linebacking corps was thinned by free agent departures, opt-outs, and injuries, the 5-foot-11-inch, 210-pound Phillips literally helped fill the gaps in the defense. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of linebacking

1953, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2022

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“Linebacking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/linebacking. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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