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

Examples of weak side in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the first year of growth, prune lightly during the dormant season, removing weak side shoots and dead or diseased wood. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Patterson Mill’s block defender in the zone would front the post while its weak side guard slid down to defend the throw. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 9 Jan. 2024 Renouf, a left shot, lined up on his weak side, paired with Jakub Zboril, who lined up on his strong (left) side. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2022 Gobert's weak side lob presence will be of eternal benefit to the McCollum/Williamson two-man game, and his weak side help defense will cure a lot of his ills on that front. Mark Deeks, Forbes, 1 June 2022 For me, writing lyrics is a process of having conversations with myself, and my weak side also comes out along the way. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 23 Feb. 2023 He’s been on the strong side and weak side and still can’t get pressure, and he’s had problems holding the edge against the run. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 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

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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 18 Jun. 2024.

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