strong side


: the side of a football formation having the greater number of players
specifically : the side on which the tight end plays

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Beavers is a true SAM (strong side) linebacker. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu is not only setting the edge and neutralizing pass rushers to Bo Nix’s strong side, he’s been used extensively as a pulling blocker all the way around the left side of the line, including several times in last week’s win over UCLA. oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2022 Those storms might be on the strong side. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 4 July 2022 Does Jaylon Smith move to strong side or weakside? Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 24 May 2021 That makes Jack Sanborn a likely candidate to play on the strong side. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 13 Mar. 2023 He’s been on the strong side and weak side and still can’t get pressure, and he’s had problems holding the edge against the run. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 Reichel has looked comfortable playing on his strong side on the left flank. Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 11 Jan. 2023 Glendening took the draw on his strong side, and the Stars won possession. Dallas News, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strong side was circa 1951

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“Strong side.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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