touch football


Definition of touch football

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

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The name, for many Democrats, evokes a golden-hued era in the White House, immortalized on Life Magazine covers and in home movies of touch football on the lawn at Hyannis Port. Michael Levenson,, "For a younger Kennedy, the family name is no guarantee of political success," 4 Sep. 2019 So for the two San Diegans who were Chargers teammates long ago, the joint practice Thursday in Orange County skewed toward touch football. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Rivers, Brees get in their hits during interviews," 15 Aug. 2019 Like many head injuries in touch football, the contact was incidental. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Touch Football, Sold as Safer, Now Requires a Helmet," 20 Aug. 2019 Does anyone ever play two-hand touch football against the kids in the neighborhood and suddenly feel like Rob Gronkowski, an unstoppable, physical pass-catcher hauling in big reception after big reception? oregonlive, "Johnny Wilson, Oregon Ducks WR pledge, makes HS competition look silly," 30 Aug. 2019 What would happen if tackle football leagues began to incorporate elements of Larry Fedora’s nightmare: touch football? Jason Gay, WSJ, "Would You Watch Football Without All the Violence?," 21 Nov. 2018 As always, everyone here at WSJ Sports is grateful to our readers, for their loyalty to our coverage and their tenacity in playing in all touch football conditions. Jason Gay, WSJ, "WSJ Readers React: The 2018 Thanksgiving Touch Football Gallery," 26 Nov. 2018 Delightful one-touch football in the build up play pulled Costa Rica's defence apart., "Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica: Late Double Makes Victory Look Easy for Brazil In Hard Fought Encounter," 22 June 2018 There’s always that giant family with the 50-person family touch football game that looks like a gladiator movie. 10. Jason Gay, WSJ, "27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of touch football

1913, in the meaning defined above

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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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