onside kick


Definition of onside kick

: a kickoff in football in which the ball travels just far enough to be legally recoverable by the kicking team

Examples of onside kick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After Cleveland scored a touchdown with 1:10 to play to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to five points, the Steelers recovered an onside kick and handed the football to Harris three times in a row. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 3 Jan. 2022 After the Rams recovered an onside kick with less than a minute left, Powell was on the field for the final snaps. Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 Jackson’s backup, Tyler Huntley, rallied the Ravens from down 21 to within two points in the fourth quarter and had his chance at an improbable game-winning drive after the Ravens’ first successful onside kick in 20 years. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 12 Dec. 2021 Carlson is coming off ACL surgery in mid-November after tearing the ligament in his knee during an onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter of Auburn’s loss to Mississippi State last season. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 24 May 2022 Pike’s block on a successful onside kick during the comeback is regarded as one of the biggest plays in that game, which Buffalo won 41-38 in overtime. James Weber, The Enquirer, 8 Feb. 2022 Florida’s victory was actually clinched on a botched onside kick. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Nov. 2021 The key play, however, came on a surprise onside kick — by Gough — as Angelo Costanza recovered it at the Mountaineers’ 44. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 23 Oct. 2021 But on the final onside kick, the Broncos recovered and picked up one critical first down to clinch the win. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of onside kick

1895, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Onside kick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onside%20kick. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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