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 The Lions revamped their linebacking corps this offseason, cutting Devon Kennard, signing Jamie Collins in free agency and adding depth in the form of Reggie Ragland and Elijah Lee. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Jarrad Davis got into great shape, but made an even bigger change mentally," 5 Aug. 2020 Depth is a real concern for the Wildcats on the defensive side of the ball, particularly in the linebacking corps and secondary. Michael Lev, azcentral, "5 takeaways from the Arizona Wildcats’ first week of spring football practices," 9 Mar. 2020 McCarthy must better marry the rush and coverage, and shore up a linebacking corps that struggled against screen plays. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Stephen Jones: Here's where Mike McCarthy's Cowboys will differ from Rod Marinelli's defense," 22 Jan. 2020 This isn't a vintage Alabama defense: Injuries have ravaged the linebacking corps and several young players have had to start. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Alabama: Citrus Bowl scouting report, prediction," 31 Dec. 2019 Even with a thin and banged up Bengals linebacking group, Jefferson was left on the sideline for most of 2018. Scott Patsko,, "Malik Jefferson joins the Browns: 3 things to know about the linebacker," 2 Sep. 2019 Most notable was a linebacking group that consisted of Merlin Robertson and Darien Butler and Tyler Johnson. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU defense will have to keep pace with Kent State up-tempo offense," 26 Aug. 2019 Mark Barron comes over from the Rams as another reinforcement to help a linebacking group that really struggled in 2018. Max Meyer,, "AFC Teams That Are the Best Bets to Go Over Their Win Total," 26 Aug. 2019 Facing a Saints defensive line that lost two key starters for the season earlier in the week and a depleted linebacking corps, the Indianapolis front five failed to open any holes in the running game. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Thumbs up, thumbs down: Failure all around for Colts in New Orleans," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of linebacking

1953, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2020

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“Linebacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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