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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Parker pitched the ball backward to running back Kenyan Drake, who was barreling down field with a full head of steam. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Miracle Dolphins Touchdown that Stunned the Patriots," 9 Dec. 2018 Charlie Brown heard them and came running back. 15. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 8 Nov. 2018 Other possible first-round picks from Alabama include defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, safety Deionte Thompson, defensive lineman Raekwon Davis, linebacker Mack Wilson and running back Damien Harris. Kristie Rieken, The Seattle Times, "As many as 9 SEC schools could have 1st-round draft picks," 14 Nov. 2018 The youth then springs to his feet, and runs back to rejoin his play mates. Swns - Joe Smith, Fox News, "Kid tying shoelace run over by car, walks away," 27 Sep. 2018 But who could forget that the reason Jack runs back into the Pearson house fire, years after this first date at the carnival with Rebecca, is to save Kate’s dog Louie? Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "6 Things You Missed From the 'This Is Us' Season 3 Premiere," 26 Sep. 2018 McGlockton then runs back into the store clutching his chest. Fox News, "Shooter in Florida 'Stand Your Ground' case remains jailed on $100,000 bond," 15 Aug. 2018 McGlockton then runs back into the store clutching his chest. Tamara Lush, The Seattle Times, "Bail, conditions set for man charged in fatal shooting," 14 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of running back

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of running back was in 1891

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English Language Learners Definition of running back

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

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