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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Recent Examples on the Web Houston Texans defensive linesman, J.J.Watt, of course. Southern Living, "NFL Superstar J.J. Watt is Ready to Fill in as TV Weatherman," 15 Apr. 2020 The referee didn’t see it; the linesmen didn’t see it; the crowd didn’t see it; the Tottenham players didn’t see it. James Parker, The Atlantic, "An Ode to Fallibility," 3 Apr. 2020 The 3,000 Atletico fans behind that goal went wild, as did the entire Atleti bench, but their celebrations were cut short by the linesman's flag for an obvious offside. Matias Grez, CNN, "Atletico Madrid stuns Liverpool at Anfield to dump holder out of the Champions League," 11 Mar. 2020 Now, that's not to say the linesman should be blamed for his incorrect offside call., "VAR of the Week: Jordan Ayew Breaks Hearts at London Stadium as Technology Steps In," 7 Oct. 2019 Bernardo Silva had a thunderous strike harshly ruled out with the linesman appearing to adjudge Leroy Sane offside and interfering with Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge's line of vision. USA TODAY, "Quadruple still on for City after FA Cup win at Cardiff," 28 Jan. 2018 As linesmen tried to break up the fight, Benn waved them away. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars interim coach Rick Bowness blames preparation for loss to Rangers; Jamie Benn tries to spark team with fight," 11 Mar. 2020 In 2014, as a member of the New York Rangers, he was suspended six games for elbowing a linesman on his way to the penalty box. Robert Klemko, Anchorage Daily News, "A former NHL goon used Twitter to create a hockey-abuse hotline. His inbox exploded.," 20 Feb. 2020 Hanley and Welsh, both linesmen, joined Guay and Cooke Friday night in officiating the 3-on-3 skills game in St. Louis. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Hiring women as referees would be major step for NHL," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of linesman

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Linesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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