yard line


Definition of yard line

: any of a series of marked or imaginary lines one yard apart on a football field that are parallel to the goal lines and that indicate the distance to the nearest goal line

Examples of yard line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New England got the ball on its own nine-yard line with 3:30 left. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "SportsDay staffers pick the best plays they’ve ever witnessed: Game-winners, miraculous catches and rare anomalies," 4 May 2020 On first-and-goal from the three-yard line, Bunz drilled 252-pound running back Pete Johnson after a two-yard gain. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Dan Bunz! Greenlaw’s game-saving tackle evoked memories for 49ers linebacker," 31 Dec. 2019 But as Arkansas, who tied the game on their third drive of the game, got set up on their own 34 yard line after the pick, San Jose State’s defense came to life, creating a turnover of their own on the first play of the second quarter. C.j. Peterson, The Mercury News, "San Jose State rolls into Arkansas, stuns Razorbacks," 21 Sep. 2019 Texas took advantage of a facemask penalty and Young drove the Longhorns to the eight-yard line with 19 seconds left. Los Angeles Times, "Looking back at the epic 2006 Rose Bowl game between USC and Texas," 2 Apr. 2020 After scoring 10 unanswered points, Cleveland’s defense blew three tackles on wide receiver Damiere Byrd near the Browns 25 yard line. cleveland, "Plethora of 1st-half miscues versus Cardinals highlight that the Browns were outcoached in Arizona," 16 Dec. 2019 Ike Rowell scored from the 1 yard line in the first quarter and from the 2 in the second. Al.com Reports, al, "Alabama HS semifinals: Fyffe, Piedmont, Mars Hill, Lanett return to Super 7," 30 Nov. 2019 Huntsville had first down and goal on the Crosby five-yard line midway the fourth quarter. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Football: Prieto proud of Cougars’ perseverance after playoff loss," 24 Nov. 2019 Down eight, the Rebels completed a pass to the goal-line, but the official with the best angle spotted the ball at the half-yard line. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Saturday Night Five: Eating your own, three for the price of two, more officiating controversy — in the Pac-12, it’s called Saturday," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of yard line

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of yard line was in 1898

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4 Jun 2020

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“Yard line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yard%20line. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yard line

American football : any one of the lines on a football field that are one yard apart and that show the distance to the nearest goal line

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