linesman

noun
lines·man | \ˈlīnz-mən \

Definition of linesman 

2 : an official who assists a referee (as in football, tennis, or hockey) especially in determining if a ball, puck, or player is out-of-bounds or offside

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There was still time left for more drama; Puskás putting the ball into the net, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside, and Czibor seeing a thunderous shot parried by the German goalkeeper. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 7 Days to Go - What if Ferenc Puskas Had Been Fully Fit?," 7 June 2018 Andrew Das: Not sure what the linesman saw there: Sterling was a mile offside. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "England Takes Another Step Toward Bringing ‘It’ Home," 8 July 2018 What would have happened: Backed by video replay, the Azerbaijani linesman keeps his flag down when Hurst’s shot bounces back into play. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The ‘Hand of God’ Delusion: World Cup History on Further Review," 14 June 2018 The Caps made it 2-0 as forward Chandler Stephenson chased down the puck midway through the third period, which led the nearest linesman to wave off icing. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Capitals come up big, force Game 7 with 3-0 win against Lightning," 21 May 2018 At first a goal wasn't given, but then allowed after consultation between the referee and linesman. Motez Bishara, CNN, "World Cup: Is Russia 2018 the last chance for Messi and Ronaldo?," 13 June 2018 When the linesman’s flag canceled the goal for offside: a deep relief. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "World Cup Curse Hits Defending Champion Germany," 27 June 2018 The linesman's offside flag was correctly overturned as the Germans suffered even more humiliation in injury time. SI.com, "South Korea 2-0 Germany: Champions Curse Strikes Again as Germany Suffer Shock World Cup Exit," 27 June 2018 The linesman's offside flag was correctly overturned as the Germans suffered even more humiliation in injury time. Nathan Hilditch, Pro Soccer USA, "South Korea 2-0 Germany: Champions curse strikes again as Germany exits World Cup," 27 June 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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