line·​man | \ ˈlīn-mən How to pronounce lineman (audio) \

Definition of lineman

1 : one who sets up or repairs electric wire communication or power lines

called also linesman

2 : a player in the forward line of a team specifically : a football player in the line

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The drive was extended on a personal foul on Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence on what would have been a successful Buffalo field goal. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "Bills’ Josh Allen Feels Right at Home in Win Over Giants," 15 Sep. 2019 Arik Armstead and Dee Ford had a sack each as all nine defensive linemen on the roster were active. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Top takeaways from 49ers’ final practice in Youngstown," 13 Sep. 2019 Fant is also the extra lineman on some running plays., "Seattle Seahawks’ 53-man roster projection for the 2019 season," 28 Aug. 2019 Nine of the other 15 offensive linemen on the roster also beefed up to more than 300 pounds, with Dobbs (295) and Samac (293) nearing that mark. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football O-line tired of being offense's 'scapegoat'," 28 Aug. 2019 Things have come full circle for him now as Sapp’s son, Warren Sapp II, is a walk-on freshman defensive lineman on the Owls. David Furones,, "Lane Kiffin sees himself building FAU for the long haul, something he wouldn’t have said as a younger coach," 26 Aug. 2019 Belser was an offensive lineman on Alabama's 1992 national championship-winning team and has coached since 2002. Khadrice Rollins,, "Florida High School Football Coach Quits Following Player Protest Over His Tactics," 19 Aug. 2019 Ross Blain coaches the outside linebackers on varsity, Adrian Flores handles the varsity’s running back and Dexter Martin coaches the defensive linemen on the freshmen team. Pomerado News, "Football players join veterans for annual ‘ruck’ walk," 14 Aug. 2019 Of the 10 defensive linemen on scholarship last season, only three were seniors, but seven are no longer here. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs football position preview: Mustafa Johnson leads inexperienced group of defensive linemen," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of lineman

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lineman

American football : a player whose position is on the line of scrimmage
US : a person whose job is to set up and repair power lines or telephone lines

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