touch·​line | \ˈtəch-ˌlīn \

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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Andrew Das: Cavani starting that play on the touchline with a cross field ball to Suarez and getting the return at the post is some hard work right there. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Edinson Cavani Uses His Head, and Foot, as Uruguay Ousts Portugal," 1 July 2018 There was a deft flick behind his leg on the touchline to Banega. Thomas Allnutt,, "Messi delivers as Argentina scrape through to World Cup's last 16," 26 June 2018 There was a small tussle after the man on the touchline tried to grab the ball out of the Manchester United midfielder's grasp., "PHOTO: Man Utd Star Nemanja Matic Posts Brilliant Message After World Cup Scuffle," 19 June 2018 The Colombian — a former conditioning coach at Manchester City — cuts a frantic figure on the touchline and his temper has occasionally gotten him into trouble. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "At World Cup, Germany to start title defense with rematch against Mexico," 17 June 2018 Maurico Pochettino cut a frustrating figure on the touchline, which wasn't helped when Harry Kane fluffed his lines with a great chance on the stroke of half time., "WATCH: Harry Kane's Goal Seals Tottenham's Top-Four Finish, Win Over Newcastle," 9 May 2018 The pair clashed on the touchline during the Merseyside derby match at Anfield, with Firmino reacting angrily after Holgate pushed him over the advertising hoardings. Afp,, "FA warns Everton defender Holgate over tweets," 23 Mar. 2018 In a March 3 game against Huddersfield Town, Kane picked up the ball wide on the right touchline, advanced a few yards, and then whipped a pass around two defenders and directly into the path of Son Heung-Min, who headed in from 8 yards out. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Harry Kane: English Soccer’s Clark Kent," 18 June 2018 Gracia became increasingly animated on the touchline, as his side continued to threaten but with no real efforts on goal to show for., "Man Utd 1-0 Watford: Michael Carrick Shines & Says Goodbye to Old Trafford as Red Devils Win," 13 May 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of touchline was in 1863

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

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