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 of tailback from the Web
Rookie tailback Alvin Kamara continued to display his comfort in the Reggie Bush/Darren Sproles role within the offense Thursday.
Despite the waiving of Pope Seattle remains deep at tailback with eight on the roster, as well as two fullbacks.
When not injured during his first three NFL seasons, Taliaferro has been a tailback.
Jackson is an old-school, four-year workhorse in an era of tailback-by-committee offenses and early NFL draft entrants.
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First Known Use of tailback
TAILBACK Defined for English Language Learners
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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