scrimmage

noun
scrim·mage | \ˈskri-mij \

Definition of scrimmage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a minor battle : skirmish

b : a confused fight : scuffle

2a : the interplay between two football teams that begins with the snap of the ball and continues until the ball is dead

b : practice play (as in football or basketball) between two squads

scrimmage

verb
scrimmaged; scrimmaging

Definition of scrimmage (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take part in a scrimmage

transitive verb

: to play a scrimmage against

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Other Words from scrimmage

Verb

scrimmager noun

Examples of scrimmage in a Sentence

Noun

The first play from scrimmage netted them a touchdown. the two players got into a scrimmage off the court and got suspended

Verb

Last weekend we scrimmaged against Bell High.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The back was one of the most electric players in his rookie year, racking up 723 yards from scrimmage on 140 touches, good for 5.17 yards per touch. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2018 Breakouts: Can Patrick Mahomes Make the Leap?," 3 July 2018 Wilson accounted for more than 80 percent of the Seahawks entire yards from scrimmage in 2017, the highest for any single player in the league. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Seattle Seahawks need Russell Wilson to be 'LeBron-esque' again in 2018," 11 June 2018 Larry Rose III finished a stellar career as the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in yards from scrimmage after amassing more than 5,715 yards and 42 touchdowns during his four seasons in Las Cruces. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Much improved New Mexico State is No. 87 in preseason college football rankings," 1 June 2018 In 2017, Ingram and Kamara were one of the best backfield tandems of all time as both players gained more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Alvin Kamara open to any role coaches give him during Mark Ingram's suspension," 21 May 2018 Stidham will not participate in the scrimmage portion of A-Day. Tom Green, AL.com, "Auburn tweaking format for 2018 A-Day spring game," 29 Mar. 2018 Those involved in Arlington Martin's spring game on Thursday had a bit of a different look than the team that competed in the scrimmage back in 2017. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Arlington Martin looking forward to challenge of replacing 14 signees | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 May 2018 On the first play from scrimmage, the Kwansei quarterback, Kousei Okuno, rolled to his right and threw an incomplete pass. Ken Belson, New York Times, "The Football Hit Felt All Over Japan," 22 May 2018 For those reasons, these combine scrimmages, no matter how short, can be helpful. Malika Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "NBA teams value draft combine interactions even though some top players are no-shows," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thursday night, the Deer Park 9U All-Stars scrimmaged a select team called the Contact, while a group of Bronco (11-12) all-stars worked out against the Toros. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Scrimmage helps Deer Park 9s prepare for busy June," 1 June 2018 Curry is currently scrimmaging 5-on-5 for the first time in weeks. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Stephen Curry decision to come after shootaround before facing Pelicans: report," 27 Apr. 2018 The players arrive en masse each morning, usually scrimmaging against each other. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "He quit a State Department job to play video games. Now he's a star in NBA's 2K League.," 9 July 2018 Wilson and some others on the Golden Eagles Alumni got to scrimmage against some current MU players on Thursday, extending the bond to another generation. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Golden Eagles Alumni band together for opening win in The Basketball Tournament," 30 June 2018 The proposed amendment states that schools in both sports shall not scrimmage prior to the date set forth by the UIL calendar, and not to exceed two scrimmages per week, Monday through Saturday. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Ejection penalties one topic discussed at UIL Legislative Council meeting," 14 June 2018 The players then scrimmaged on their own to help keep the rhythm that has been evident in the nine-game winning streak. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "'They'll do it for Pop': Pelicans not counting out Spurs in wait for next round," 24 Apr. 2018 The Wisconsin junior power forward, who withdrew from the NBA draft, suffered the busted lip going through drills and scrimmaging with other prospects shortly before the May 30 deadline for underclassmen to return to college. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' VR exploration a game-changer for prospects," 9 June 2018 Soon enough, the kids are running around the field, scrimmaging alongside five NFL players. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "Five Giants, and Those Forgotten After the Storm," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of scrimmage

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for scrimmage

Noun

Middle English scrymmage, alteration of skyrmissh skirmish

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scrike

scrim

scrimmage

scrimmage line

scrimp

scrimption

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scrimmage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scrimmage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

American football : the point in a game at which the center passes or throws the ball to the quarterback

: an informal game that is played for practice : a game that is not official

scrimmage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scrimmage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to play in a scrimmage

scrimmage

noun
scrim·mage | \ˈskri-mij \

Kids Definition of scrimmage

1 : the action between two football teams when one attempts to move the ball down the field

2 : a practice game between two teams or between two groups from the same team

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