onside kick

noun

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 Atlanta recovered two onside kicks in the closing minutes, including one with 1:54 remaining, to make things interesting. BostonGlobe.com, "Saints beat Falcons to clinch third straight NFC South title - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 In the same vein, that was a pathetic close-out effort by the Texans, allowing the Patriots to claw back into the game and come within an onside kick of making a miracle comeback. BostonGlobe.com, "HOUSTON – Immediate thoughts after the Patriots’ 28-22 loss to the Texans Sunday night:," 2 Dec. 2019 The latest was Seth Green’s inability to recover an onside kick that allowed the Boilermakers to then cut the U lead 38-31 in the fourth quarter. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football vs. Illinois: How to watch and who has the edge?," 3 Oct. 2019 After Idrees Bashir leaped to recover an onside kick, Manning hit Marvin Harrison from 28 yards with 2:28 remaining. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Why Peyton Manning's favorite game isn't a Super Bowl win," 4 May 2020 Atlanta recovered two onside kicks in the closing minutes, including one with 1:54 remaining, to make things interesting. BostonGlobe.com, "Saints beat Falcons to clinch third straight NFC South title - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 After Maloney recovered an onside kick to start the game, the Spartans drove down the field and Arce hit Moreno from 14 yards out to strike first. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Class L: Maloney tops Berlin 35-7 in high school football quarterfinals behind four scores from Moreno," 4 Dec. 2019 Coach Sean Payton is talking about cleaning up the little things, though, as the Falcons hit the Saints for two onside kicks late in the game. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "NFL power rankings for Week 14: Bears sneak up to No. 15; Ravens tighten their grip on No. 1.," 3 Dec. 2019 Atlanta recovered two onside kicks in the closing minutes, including one with 1:54 remaining, to make things interesting. BostonGlobe.com, "Saints beat Falcons to clinch third straight NFC South title - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of onside kick

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Onside kick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onside%20kick. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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