touch football


Definition of touch football

: football played informally and chiefly characterized by the substitution of touching for tackling

Examples of touch football in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Kennedy brothers Jack, Bobby and Ted liked to play touch football in Hyannisport., "Review: ‘Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade,’ a film of a play, shown in a ballpark," 23 Sep. 2020 Though his brother had a frail knee, Mr. Menaker had dared him to play running back in a touch football game. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Daniel Menaker, Book Editor Who Wrote With Wit, Dies at 79," 27 Oct. 2020 What that means for your family's annual game of touch football is open to interpretation. Elizabeth Gulino,, "The CDC Is Canceling Black Friday & Turkey Trots," 16 Oct. 2020 Vermont high schools will play seven-on-seven touch football this fall. Alex Putterman,, "Fall football still unlikely, Lamont administration says, despite planned meeting Friday between CIAC and DPH," 10 Sep. 2020 The Big Ten’s announcement comes on the heels of the Ivy League’s decision to cancel fall sports, which some speculated would create a ripple effect that would touch football’s highest tier and trickle down to the bottom rungs. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten's decision to keep games in-house shows how divided college football really is," 10 July 2020 New York Giants greats including Strahan, Eli Manning, Phil Simms and Justin Tuck announced an opportunity through a sweepstakes for one fan to play a game of touch football with the players in their own backyard and get a Super Bowl ring. USA TODAY, "Jennifer Lopez, Tina Fey, Ben Platt, more stars raise $115M for New Yorkers affected by coronavirus," 12 May 2020 Before becoming nationally ranked high school athletes, Riverdale Country School track stars Tobias Wolfson and Aaron Miller became best friends as pre-kindergartners, while playing touch football on Riverdale’s playground. Lee Hawkins, WSJ, "Coronavirus Forces Bronx High School to Use Remote Training for Spring Teams," 23 Mar. 2020 If someone sees a potential violation -- a group of people playing touch football in a park, for example -- that can be called in to police and an officer would respond. oregonlive, "Homeless people in Portland are subject to coronavirus ‘stay-home’ order sanctions, officials say," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of touch football

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of touch football was in 1913

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12 Nov 2020

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“Touch football.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of touch football

: a form of American football in which the player with the ball is not tackled but instead must stop when touched by an opponent

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