running back


Definition of running back 

: a football back (such as a halfback or fullback) who carries the ball on running plays

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The Cardinals got a run back in the bottom of first on Yadier Molina’s two-out RBI single. John Fay,, "Harvey is good again as the Cincinnati Reds beat St. Louis," 13 July 2018 Miami got a run back in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Derek Dietrich. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Marlins 4: Christian Yelich torments his former team," 10 July 2018 But Rowdy Nichols, the grandson of former Deer Park head football coach Ron Lynch, got two of those runs back in the home half of the first with a single to center. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Mustang all-stars lose Section title to Huntsville," 1 July 2018 Zach Charbonnet, a 4-star running back in the 2019 class, is the latest prospect to commit to Michigan football in the past week. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football recruiting: Zach Charbonnet, a 4-star RB, commits," 24 June 2018 The Nationals got their run back in the third when Wilmer Difo singled, took third on a double by Pedro Severino, and scored on a sacrifice fly by leadoff man Bryce Harper. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles give up two runs in eighth on Soto's double off Givens, lose to Nationals, 4-2," 22 June 2018 Highlands got one run back in the third and chased Littlefield, a left-hander who's headed to Hanover College, in the process. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Eighth-ranked St. X beats Highlands, 10-6 for its eighth state title," 16 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The Royals took two of those runs back in the bottom of the inning, but Duffy couldn’t keep the game within reach. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals lose to Astros again after Danny Duffy's hiccup in the sixth inning," 16 June 2018 Hartford got a run back in the fourth on an RBI single by Brendan Rodgers, scoring Dom Nunez, who reached on a leadoff walk. Staff Report,, "Senators Break Through Against Yard Goats," 1 May 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of running back was in 1891

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American football : a player who carries the football on running plays

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