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

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It's been one heck of a turnaround for Newcastle given the club's atrocious defeat to Wolves earlier this week, and even with new manager Steve Bruce barred from the touchline, the Magpies put in a much better display against West Ham., "Newcastle 1-0 West Ham: Report, Ratings & Reaction Magpies End Nightmare Week on Unexpected High," 20 July 2019 The sequence started with a long pass out of the U.S. end to Christen Press on the left touchline. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup: U.S. defeats England with Megan Rapinoe sidelined," 2 July 2019 That applies not only to players, but also to staff on the touchline. M.s., The Economist, "Women’s football is flourishing, on the pitch and off it," 24 June 2019 But Dunn also has roamed inside, and Horan has drifted to the far-side touchline. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "U.S. Takes Apart Thailand and the Record Book at the Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 One minute before the break, Balde got a second yellow card for a reckless lunging tackle on Mendy near the touchline. USA TODAY, "Monaco rallies from 2-0 down and a red card to beat Lyon 3-2," 4 Feb. 2018 Derby County manager Frank Lampard gestures on the touchline. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "On His Manager’s Secret Service: Espionage Comes to English Soccer," 15 Jan. 2019 Team News The biggest team news for Spain is from the touchline, with the Spanish Football Federation (RSFF) recently dismissing Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament after the former Spanish boss joined Real Madrid without the contest of the RSFF., "World Cup Preview: Portugal vs Spain - Recent Form, Predictions, Team News & More," 14 June 2018 When the natural grass surface in Tottenham slides into place, the touchlines, or sidelines, get transformed, too, as hydraulics raise them even with the field. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Tottenham Hotspur's Retractable Pitch Is an Engineering Marvel," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of touchline

1863, in the meaning defined above

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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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