touchline

noun

touch·​line ˈtəch-ˌlīn How to pronounce touchline (audio)
: 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 After a riveting 90 minutes, extra time was largely a non-event, with the highlight coming when Kai Havertz pushed Porto manager Sergio Conceição to spark a tussle on the touchline. Matias Grez, CNN, 12 Mar. 2024 Mourinho faces another touchline ban after being sent off at the end of his side's 1-1 draw against Atalanta. Daniella Matar, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2024 The diminutive attacker picked the ball up on the right touchline, before beating his defender with a deft body-feint. Ben Church, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 The visitors had the odds stacked against them for their latest encounter, with coach Míchel given a touchline ban after being sent off for his protests against a refereeing decision against Real Sociedad last weekend. Sam Leveridge, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Wild celebrations The Emirates erupted as Trossard’s shot squirmed into the net, with Arteta leading the party from the touchline. Ben Church, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 Kerr, in particular, seemed unwilling to leave the field, lingering just by the touchline, unwilling to cross. Rory Smith, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2023 After the match, the Filipinas walked the length of the touchline behind the technical area in Sky Stadium, where thousands of fans celebrated the win as the players took a bow in front of them. Joe Lister, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2023 Players from both teams gathered at midfield, and New Zealand’s reserves and coaching staff left their dugout to stand on the touchline in solidarity. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, 19 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of touchline was in 1863

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“Touchline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/touchline. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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touchline

noun
touch·​line ˈtəch-ˌlīn How to pronounce touchline (audio)
: either of the lines that mark the sides of the field of play in rugby and soccer

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