scrimmage

noun
scrim·​mage | \ ˈskri-mij How to pronounce scrimmage (audio) \

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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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 By the Numbers: 157… number of total yards gained by Fairhope on the night; 143… number of yards from scrimmage from Rogers; 4.2… avg yard per rush by the Bobcats. al, "Alabama commit Demouy Kennedy’s INT return helps Theodore clip Fairhope," 14 Sep. 2019 To prepare for the formidable challenge, Redding flew to Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 31 following Mansfield’s scrimmage against Central Catholic to scout La Salle’s opener against Lakota West. BostonGlobe.com, "Mansfield High in Ohio for clash with high-powered La Salle - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 To minimize those, esports teams at UConn will schedule scrimmages or seek opponents from other schools. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "UConn Gaming Club bringing esports revolution to Storrs, the Big East and beyond," 12 Sep. 2019 Blashill eliminated scrimmages from the daily grind in Traverse City, explaining that Holland liked them but Yzerman didn’t have strong feelings one way or the other. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "As Red Wings begin camp, Steve Yzerman has guys 'really on their toes'," 12 Sep. 2019 Who to start: Matt Breida (SF) has RB1 upside against a week Bengals front-seven that allowed 169 yards from scrimmage per game to running backs last season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 2: Start and Sit," 12 Sep. 2019 Risk of injury is also a component; Paul George broke his leg in 2014 during a Team USA scrimmage. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Behind Team USA's debacle: Five reasons U.S. national team faltered," 11 Sep. 2019 Scalzo reinjured his knee in a preseason scrimmage though and is expected to miss the entire season. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "A look at the QB turnover that paved the way for Sawyer Smith to start for Kentucky," 9 Sep. 2019 Willoughby South, which tuned up with that scrimmage vs. Olmsted Falls, already equaled last year’s win total with Friday’s 38-34 win at Maple Heights. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Olmsted Falls maintains its bite; why Brunswick’s chain has stronger links: HS football quick hits," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or the Seahawks and Texans scrimmaging in Madison, Wis., where Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt played? Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Here are 6 ideas to make NFL preseason games more tolerable, including cutting the 4-game schedule in half," 29 Aug. 2019 With excitement mixed with some nervousness, Pasadena High School’s varsity football team begins Phase II to their fall workouts when the club scrimmages Baytown Lee at the city’s Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena anxious to test its new defensive scheme in scrimmage with Baytown Lee," 14 Aug. 2019 The Hawks will scrimmage at 11 a.m. Sunday at the United Center as part of their annual Training Camp Festival. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Newcomer Olli Maatta is picking up the pace in his transition to the Blackhawks: ‘You’ve got to build every day’," 14 Sep. 2019 Scrimmage news Preseason scrimmages start Aug. 15 with four-way competition at Ramona, featuring Cathedral Catholic, Mount Miguel, El Camino and the host Bulldogs. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ejections becoming an issue in football," 6 Aug. 2019 The Lady Deer won’t scrimmage Clear Falls because the Lady Knights invade the Deer Park north campus for a Wednesday night rematch of the 2018 Area championship. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Deer volleyball travels to Clear Falls Saturday for series of scrimmages," 2 Aug. 2019 Six computers — one for each of the starters, plus an alternate — were lined up in front of a big screen and white board as the squad scrimmaged against Heat Check Gaming, the Miami’s Heat’s 2K team. Arash Markazi, latimes.com, "They're Lakers. And in a decade, the esports industry hopes they will be as well known as LeBron," 15 July 2019 Next week in practice, some of the younger group will scrimmage, but none of them will be in a playing position. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs football notebook: FanFest scrimmage will impact who plays in season opener," 15 Aug. 2019 Here's the LA Select Team roster USA Basketball assembled, mostly from the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, currently scrimmaging in LA tonight versus the 15 NBA players vying to make the World Cup Team. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Team USA was blown out by random G League and overseas players in a scrimmage," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of scrimmage

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1536, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for scrimmage

Noun

Middle English scrymmage, alteration of skyrmissh skirmish

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of scrimmage was in the 15th century

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scrimmage

noun
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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
US : 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)

US : to play in a scrimmage

scrimmage

noun
scrim·​mage | \ ˈskri-mij How to pronounce scrimmage (audio) \

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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