adverb or adjective

up·​field ˈəp-ˈfēld How to pronounce upfield (audio)
: in or into the part of the field toward which the offensive team is headed

Examples of upfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fad at the time was mimicking the Miami Hurricanes, just rushing upfield, aiming to sack quarterbacks and worrying about the run second. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2020 In particular, Solomon Thomas has benefitted from looks that get him upfield more often. Albert Breer, SI.com, 13 Aug. 2019 On one particularly sharp sequence in the third quarter, Conway sprinted upfield and found Jenna Joseph, who fed Brennan near the net. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2019 And Argentina scrambles upfield again ..... 84’: Dangerous Free Kick for Nigeria After an Ighalo shot is stoned in close by Armani, Nigeria recovers and wins a free kick at the top of the box. Matthew Futterman and Andrew Das, New York Times, 27 June 2018 Kylian Mbappé, Griezmann’s 19-year-old teammate, pointed with both hands at the penalty spot, urging the Uruguayan referee, Andrés Cunha, to award a foul, but Cunha waved away the French appeals as play raced back upfield. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 17 June 2018 Tijuana came out strong in the second half, pushing its lines upfield, looking to move the ball. Ivan Orozco, sandiegouniontribune.com, 7 Mar. 2018 As Bournemouth went upfield searching for the equaliser, Marcus Rashford - who has featured in every United game this season - came on to exploit the space afforded to him. SI.com, 13 Dec. 2017 Barkley accepted a pitch from quarterback Trace McSorley, drew defenders in while starting to run upfield before pulling up and tossing a 16-yard touchdown to receiver DaeSean Hamilton. Tyler Donohue, ajc, 30 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upfield was circa 1934

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“Upfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upfield. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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