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 But teams had occasionally opted to take their opponents by surprise by attempting an onside kick earlier in the game. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 27 Mar. 2024 The Philadelphia Eagles have proposed allowing trailing teams to, instead of attempting an onside kick, opt for a fourth-and-20 from its 20 after a touchdown or field goal. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 An onside kick is coming. 25d ago / 6:41 PM PST Jason Abbruzzese Lions get stuffed on a run. NBC News, 29 Jan. 2024 But the Rams failed to recover the onside kick, and the Bengals ran out the clock. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 After taking a knee to his ribs during an onside kick in Washington’s win over Arizona, Odunze was diagnosed with a broken rib and a punctured lung. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 2 Jan. 2024 Rather than try a risky onside kick, Folsom elected to kick the ball deep to try to get a stop on defense while using its timeouts. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2023 Purdy drove the Niners for another TD that gave them a 10-point cushion and Detroit couldn’t recover an onside kick after closing within 34-31. Rob Maaddi, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2024 The Lions scored one touchdown on a completion to Williams, but failed to recover the onside kick, meaning the 2023 season is now over on a painful note. Jared Ramsey, Detroit Free Press, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of onside kick was in 1895

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“Onside kick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onside%20kick. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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