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

Examples of linesman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colorado’s Adam Foote and a linesman found McCarty first. Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 After the Leafs scored two goals, the Wings fumed about penalty calls and a linesman was nearly struck by a hot water bag, all hell really broke loose at Olympia. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2022 Then, a linesman frantically signaled to the Colorado bench. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2022 Earlier in the game, linesman Jonny Murray was accidentally knocked to the ice by a member of the ice-cleaning crew. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 The show also included the presentation of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which was given to Rams offensive linesman Andrew Whitworth for his philanthropic efforts in Los Angeles. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2022 Then, as a linesman tried to restrain him, Marchand skated by Jarry and struck the goaltender in the mask with his stick. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2022 The article also misidentified the Canadiens’ opponent in a game in 1955 in which Richard punched a linesman. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 But a linesman stepped in and prevented the gadabout angler from bringing in the catch. Globe Staff,, 27 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of linesman

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jul 2022

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“Linesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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