touch·​back | \ ˈtəch-ˌbak How to pronounce touchback (audio) \

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

Examples of touchback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kighlinger kicked twice more in the fourth quarter with a touchback and another blast that Perry did not advance past the 20-yard line. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Milestones for Medina, Keystone, Hudson’s Jake Vidmar and CVCA: Week 8 HS football top performances," 18 Oct. 2020 Every kickoff with the wind for both teams in the first half sailed through the end zone for a touchback. G Smith,, "SMU game notebook: New-look Tulane offensive line overcomes slow start," 16 Oct. 2020 Officials said no initial contact was made with the ball and ruled it a touchback. David Furones,, "Ten things we learned in Miami Hurricanes’ 42-17 loss at No. 1 Clemson," 11 Oct. 2020 Lake Brantley Anthony Williams fumbled the ball into the end zone which was recovered for a Seminole touchback. Jason Beede,, "Unbeaten Seminole blanks Lake Brantley," 9 Oct. 2020 Colquitt was the only NFL punter with more than 11 attempts to not have a touchback during the 2019 regular season. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "An under-the-radar problem for the Vikings? Punting," 9 Oct. 2020 The ball sailed out of the end zone for a touchback. Dallas News, "10 truths from Cowboys' loss: Mike McCarthy was supposed to give Dallas an edge, but that hasn’t happened yet," 28 Sep. 2020 Diggs, a rookie, recovered and punched the ball away from Metcalf and through the end zone for a touchback. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Russell Wilson stays hot as Seahawks stave off Cowboys' latest comeback bid," 28 Sep. 2020 However, Metcalf started celebrating too early and had the football punched out of his grasp by Cowboys' cornerback Trevon Diggs at the 1 and the fumble bounced out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson making a strong case for NFL MVP award," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of touchback

1884, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2020

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“Touchback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of touchback

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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