tailback

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noun tail·back \ˈtāl-ˌbak\

Definition of tailback

  1. 1 :  the offensive football back farthest from the line of scrimmage

  2. 2 British :  a line of vehicles caused by a traffic slowdown or stoppage

Examples of tailback in a Sentence

  1. stuck in a five-mile tailback on the southbound carriageway

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First Known Use of tailback

1930


TAILBACK Defined for English Language Learners

tailback

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Definition of tailback for English Language Learners

  • American football : a player on offense who runs with the ball and blocks

  • : a situation in which the flow of traffic is blocked and a long line of vehicles forms



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