weak side


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With Kamloops threatening for the first 17 minutes of the 3rd to get back in the game, Chyzowski’s shot is kicked to the weak side by goalie Dylan Ernst right to Klassen, who has an easy finish for the clincher. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2022 Campbell generally employs Hutchinson on the weak side, meaning Brown had no help (such as a chipping tight end). Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2022 But in both matchups against the Mercury, the Fever struggled to finish out the half by missing defensive assignments, leaving the weak side open and falling into a scoring drought. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 30 June 2022 Dante Giannuzzi stops Bouchard’s stuff attempt, but the weak side rebound goes to Lajoie who finishes nicely. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2022 But Al Horford appeared to be late in setting a screen for Tatum on the weak side, and with Boston out of timeouts, Marcus Smart was forced to improvise. Katie Mcinerney, BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2022 The Hoosiers would rush to fill the lane and help a pass over, sometimes even dragging the lone weak side defender away from the corner to help, thus leaving shooters time and time again. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Jan. 2022 Marchand had a clean look at the net from the weak side and tried to go top shelf but Canadiens goalie Jake Allen snapped his glove to make the grab as time expired. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2022 Hofer on the power play gets to the net too easily, Gauthier stops his shot but the rebound goes to the weak side where Berezowski has an easy follow. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of weak side was in 1940

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“Weak side.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weak%20side. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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