tail·​back | \ ˈtāl-ˌbak How to pronounce tailback (audio) \

Definition of tailback

1 : the offensive football back farthest from the line of scrimmage
2 British : a line of vehicles caused by a traffic slowdown or stoppage

Examples of tailback in a Sentence

stuck in a five-mile tailback on the southbound carriageway
Recent Examples on the Web Bigsby never entered the portal, and the talk this spring has been about Auburn wanting to do better to shape its offense around the junior tailback and his pro-level skillset. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 So, physically numbed and loath to leave the effort, the stubborn tailback kept trying to pop his dislocated elbow back in place – to no avail. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Mar. 2022 Sunday can’t be the game tailback Leonard Fournette gets into a groove because the Dolphins can’t afford to key in on both the run and the passing game. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Matthew McConaughey was impressed by the gritty win, and by Robinson’s performance, endorsing the Texas tailback for the Heisman. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 Just saw some clips of Lincoln High junior tailback Roderick Robinson III (6-1, 220). Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 The Pirates feature a balanced offense; junior tailback John Gianibas has accumulated 1,300-plus yards on the ground. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2021 Junior tailback Trelon Smith added 102 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries, and true freshman Raheim Sanders tacked on 44 yards on seven totes. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 Fortunately for Kelly, now in his fourth year, the depth chart is loaded with returning starters and impact transfers like former Michigan tailback Zach Charbonnet and ex-Texas A&M receiver Kam Brown. oregonlive, 5 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tailback

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2022

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“Tailback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailback. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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