touchback

play
noun touch·back \ˈtəch-ˌbak\

Definition of touchback

  1. :  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

Circa 1890

First Known Use of touchback

circa 1890


TOUCHBACK Defined for English Language Learners

touchback

play
noun touch·back \ˈtəch-ˌbak\

Definition of touchback for English Language Learners

  • 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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