runback

noun
run·​back | \ ˈrən-ˌbak How to pronounce runback (audio) \

Definition of runback

: a run made in football after catching an opponent's kick or intercepting a pass

Examples of runback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hardman has the speed to break any runback for Kansas City, too. COACHING: Andy Reid might have the most impressive coaching tree among the NFL's current head men, and Sean McDermott is on one of the branches. Barry Wilner, ajc, "Big offenses, overlooked defenses in AFC title game," 22 Jan. 2021 Hardman has the speed to break any runback for Kansas City, too. COACHING: Andy Reid might have the most impressive coaching tree among the NFL's current head men, and Sean McDermott is on one of the branches. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Big offenses, overlooked defenses in AFC title game," 22 Jan. 2021 The punt-coverage unit did allow a 22-yard runback. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ game review vs. Washington: Defense does its job, but offense is woeful," 13 Dec. 2020 Garror’s punt return, a 38-yard runback that gave Louisiana a short field on its second touchdown drive. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Quarter-by-quarter look at South Alabama’s 38-10 loss to Louisiana," 14 Nov. 2020 But Mariano Sori-Marin was called for unnecessary roughness during the runback. Dave Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Iowa drubs Minnesota 35-7 for its 6th straight victory in the series," 13 Nov. 2020 Tennessee also has returned only one punt this season, but the Volunteers' runback went for 20 yards. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Tennessee at Arkansas by the numbers: Nov. 7 good to Vols," 7 Nov. 2020 The ball popped into the hands of Mike Edwards, whose 39-yard runback set up a 2-yard Ronald Jones TD plunge on the next play. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Buccaneers rough up Aaron Rodgers, bottle up Packers' explosive offense in rout," 18 Oct. 2020 The Demon Deacons have returned two interceptions for touchdowns this season after Keith's runback. Bob Sutton, Star Tribune, "Beal-Smith rushes for 3 TDs, Wake Forest eases past Campbell," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of runback

1905, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jan 2021

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“Runback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/runback. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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