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

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Marshall lined up as the weak side linebacker in the Raiders’ base defense in camp and was the first linebacker off the field in the nickel package. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ initial roster reflects Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock overhaul," 31 Aug. 2019 Miller predominantly works off the weak side and Chubb off the strong side. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Vic Fangio Expected to Elevate Broncos’ D, But Joe Flacco and the Offense Will Struggle," 19 Aug. 2019 Lining up on the edge on the weak side, away from the tight end, the Bucks often have been short-timers who shined and then seized their chance to move on to the NFL. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF’s Buck hard to stop under Gators’ defensive coordinator Todd Grantham," 17 Aug. 2019 This El Nino episode began in February and was on the weaker side. Leigh Morgan, al, "El Nino is over, NOAA says," 8 Aug. 2019 Although the rain should not be widespread and the storms should stay on the weaker side, any evening/overnight thunderstorms could briefly delay outdoor activities and firework shows. Nash Rhodes And Brandon Miller, CNN, "More than a third of the US will reach 90 degrees on Independence Day," 3 July 2019 The absence of Wilson, who appeared to be wearing a cast on his left arm, allowed Rock Ya-Sin to play with the first-team defense at right cornerback, and Okereke lined up in Leonard’s place on the weak side. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Darius Leonard's ankle feeling much better after unexpected surgery," 11 June 2019 Villa may struggle against Traore, with Hutton likely to be shown down the line on his weaker side. SI.com, "What Aston Villa Must Do to Beat Middlesbrough & Qualify for Championship Playoff Final," 10 May 2018 So while Vander Esch leaves a pretty noticeable void on the weak side, and while his sort of game-changing ability can be nearly impossible to truly replace, the Broncos’ defense should be an unquestioned strength. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Boise State, Fresno State look to stay on top in Mountain West," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of weak side

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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