touch·​line | \ ˈtəch-ˌlīn How to pronounce touchline (audio) \

Definition of touchline

: either of the lines that bound the long sides of the field of play in rugby and soccer

Examples of touchline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The England manager has just guided the nation to its first men's major tournament final in 55 years -- England play Italy on Sunday -- but there were no theatrics on the touchline from the 50-year-old. Ben Church, CNN, 10 July 2021 All Hjulmand could do on the touchline was to scratch his head. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Connor Roberts scored the second goal in the final seconds of injury time after Bale dribbled along the touchline from a short corner ..., 16 June 2021 Antonio Conte’s shocking departure from Inter Milan and the imminent return of Massimiliano Allegri to Juventus are some of the most dramatic changes happening on the touchline of the elite Serie A clubs. Daniele Proch, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Isolating in his flat, the manager remained in contact with first team coach Stuart Pearce on the touchline, and with a delay on his television coverage, enjoyed prior notice of upcoming goals as West Ham roared to 4-0 and 3-0 wins in his absence. Amanda Davies & Steven Poole, CNN, 2 Apr. 2021 Long after the final whistle blew, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola stood on the touchline, arms wrapped around each other. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 Long after the final whistle blew, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola stood on the touchline, arms wrapped around each other. Rob Harris, ajc, 7 Mar. 2021 On the touchline, Duncan Ferguson, part of the fabric of Everton for almost all of that 20-year spell, first as a player and now as a coach, bounced and roared. New York Times, 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of touchline

1863, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2021

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“Touchline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of touchline

: either one of the lines that mark the long sides of the playing field in rugby or soccer

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