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 Richie James had a nice 18-yard return on his only kickoff runback. Eric Branch,, "49ers game grades vs. Rams: Hard to find much fault with this one," 13 Oct. 2019 The coverage of opponent returns has been better, too, with opponents managing 8.2 on punts and 21.1 on kickoffs, down slightly from 12.7 and 26.6, but there have been no huge runbacks that have hurt them. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Brandon Aiyuk, Michael Turk spearheading ASU football's improvement on special teams this season," 19 Nov. 2019 Linebacker Alec Ogletree was sidelined in the second quarter after injuring a hamstring during his runback of a fumble that was later reversed by replay and ruled an incomplete pass. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patriots receiver Julian Edelman leaves with chest injury," 22 Sep. 2019 Wishnowsky had allowed only 2 punt-return yards in his first seven games before Arizona’s Pharoh Cooper had 17 on three runbacks. Eric Branch,, "49ers rookie Mitch Wishnowsky adds award to strong season," 6 Nov. 2019 Kitchens should be thankful Beckham didn’t pop a hamstring on his strange runback that led to a hard hit and a fumble. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns: Two blowouts in five games a sign something is wrong," 9 Oct. 2019 After a great Riley Lees punt return was negated by a foolish block-in-the-back penalty that didn’t influence the runback, Johnson took a shotgun snap and looked to pass. Teddy Greenstein,, "After Northwestern’s 24-15 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin, one thing is clear: The Wildcats have an offensive crisis on their hands," 28 Sep. 2019 Bishop Fenwick 40, Wilmington 6 — David Cifuentes (6 carries, 71 yards) opened the game with a 75-yard kickoff return for the first of his three scores, and Angel Martinez closed the scoring with a 45-yard kickoff runback as No., "O’Bryant’s second-quarter outburst dooms Charlestown - The Boston Globe," 21 Sep. 2019 His 23 returns with the Bears went for 414 yards, an average of 18 yards per runback. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 43, Rosey Taylor," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of runback

1905, in the meaning defined above

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12 Dec 2019

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“Runback.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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