weak side


Definition of weak side

1 : the side of a football formation having the smaller number of players specifically : the side of a formation away from the tight end
2 : the side of a court or field (as in basketball or soccer) away from the ball

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Other Words from weak side

weakside \ ˈwēk-​ˌsīd How to pronounce weakside (audio) \ adjective

Examples of weak side in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Simmons eventually returned to the weak side, and Tyriq Thompson shifted over to the middle for the final three games as Harvey replaced him on the strong side. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football defense has several holes in front 7. Here's how they'll fill them," 4 Oct. 2020 Drew Brees gives a quick toss fake, Kamara takes a hard step to the weak side, and the tackle sells the block with the goal of influencing the box defenders out of position. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "Alvin Kamara at 100%: After 'damn good' year despite injury, why Saints RB is primed for more," 9 Sep. 2020 Phillips, the third round pick out of LSU, had a nice camp and filled in for Wilson at times on the weak side. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns 53-man roster projection with cuts due Saturday by 4 p.m.," 4 Sep. 2020 Ty’ron Hooper is a former high school safety and intriguing option on the weak side behind redshirt junior James Houston. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators’ Ventrell Miller ready to lead defense, replace David Reese," 2 Sep. 2020 Leighton Vander Esch was used primarily on the weak side. David Moore, Dallas News, "Greatness has often eluded the Cowboys’ defense. Will a new approach by DC Mike Nolan take it to the next level?," 20 Aug. 2020 This season, Davis said, the plan is to move Jones to the weak side while Devon Kennard plays the strong side. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals' Chandler Jones wrapping his long arms around possibility of NFL sack record," 7 Aug. 2020 Make no major changes or decisions during July, when your luck may be on its weak side. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 19, 2020: Happy birthday Paul Dano; Aries, set aside some ‘me’ time," 19 June 2020 Notice that with the strong safety creeping down near the box, Aaron Rodgers immediately focuses on the weak side of the Dragon post-snap. John Owning, Dallas News, "Cowboys film notebook: Breaking down Amari Cooper’s sluggo mastery and a concept Mike McCarthy may use a lot," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of weak side

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Oct 2020

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“Weak side.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weak%20side. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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