strong side

noun

Definition of strong side 

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

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There were a handful of role player defensive ends built to line up on the strong side. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "In San Francisco, the NFL’s Next Great Defensive Force Emerges," 22 June 2018 The Italian will need to name a strong side despite a looming semi final with Southampton on Sunday, and two goal hero Olivier Giroud could cause the Clarets problems up front. SI.com, "Burnley vs Chelsea Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More," 18 Apr. 2018 O'Connor played the strong side and had no issues moving from sideline to sideline, both tracking down runners on the edge and playing tight pass coverage. Brandon Folsom, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State walk-on Terry O'Connor stands out at All-Star Game," 23 June 2018 But the group winner goes into what most consider a far stronger side of the knockout round bracket — alongside France, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket," 29 June 2018 The team needs a smart, fluid, pass defending strong side backer to shore up the pass defense. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "NFL draft Day Two live blog: Who are Dolphins targeting in round 2? | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 Lingard has started three of England's four games at this World Cup, only missing the Group G decider against Belgium for which manager Gareth Southgate rested his strongest side. SI.com, "Jesse Lingard Makes Brilliant Bet With Fan if He Scores in World Cup Quarter Final vs Sweden," 4 July 2018 The first two spots are set with Hicks returning in the middle and Nigel Bradham re-signed and set at strong side. Martin Frank, USA TODAY, "Eagles training camp questions: What can defending champs expect from Carson Wentz?," 4 July 2018 Highs should again push 90, but an approaching cold front brings a reasonably good chance of showers and storms between the late afternoon and evening, which could be on the strong side. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: It’s the hottest day of this heat wave, but it will stay steamy through Friday," 2 July 2018

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circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

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