weak side

noun

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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weakside \ˈwēk-​ˌsīd \ adjective

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On Tuesday, Anthony Hitchens opted to sign a lucrative long-term contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving a hole on the weak side of defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's 4-3 scheme. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Cowboys need a linebacker. Let's see who is available | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 Mar. 2018 On the weak side, data suggested growth in business investment decelerated to 0.4% in the quarter, the slowest pace since late 2016. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canadian Exports Drive Solid Second-Quarter Growth," 30 Aug. 2018 That would have put Mexico in the weaker side of the bracket against Switzerland instead of in the tougher side against Brazil. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Belgium Stages Thrilling Comeback on Japan in Best Half of 2018 World Cup," 2 July 2018 There will be an emphasis on ball movement, playing fast and attacking from the weak side. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey: 'Time is now' for team to contend," 17 June 2018 The Saints linebacker corps already has depth on the weak side and in the middle, but Burks could add some depth on the strong side with his cover skills and closing speed. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Saints final 2018 mock draft: Bulking up on defense," 24 Apr. 2018 After identifying how his teammates were playing the possession, Ledbetter, who played the weak side, abandoned his assignment, came over to help, jumped in the air and intercepted the read Dorsey was making — a lob-like pass. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Ledbetter staying true to his formula with Spurs Summer League team," 4 July 2018 In Saleh’s scheme, that often means aligning on the weak side. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "In San Francisco, the NFL’s Next Great Defensive Force Emerges," 22 June 2018 The Iranians still have a hope, with one win and one loss, but face an uphill battle to get a result against Portugal while the Spaniards get to face the group’s weakest side, winless Morocco. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Spain Overcomes Iran’s Stubborn Defense in the World Cup," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of weak side

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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