linesman

noun
lines·​man | \ ˈlīnz-mən How to pronounce linesman (audio) \

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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The visiting penalty box attendant oversees a freezer full of spare pucks, opening the door and passing them to linesmen during stoppages in play. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The NHL Penalty Box Is a Small Glass Case Made for Oddities," 19 Apr. 2018 The linesman was stood mere feet away but after a consultation with the referee, Ünsal was given his marching orders. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go - Turkish Delight, 2002's Unlikely Bronze Medallists," 24 May 2018 And almost every linesman or electrician has at least one to keep their array of pliers and wires organized. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "In Praise of the Small-Parts Bag," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of linesman

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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