touchback

noun touch·back \ ˈtəch-ˌbak \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of touchback

: a situation in football in which the ball is down behind the goal line after a kick or intercepted forward pass after which it is put in play by the team defending the goal on its own 20-yard line — compare safety

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First Known Use of touchback

1884

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  • American football : a situation in which the ball is put out of play behind the goal line after a kick or interception


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