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 Protesters stormed the field and sat themselves on the 50 yard line at the beginning of the game. Jenny Goldsberry, Washington Examiner, 28 Oct. 2023 During the vigil, a table was placed on the 50 yard line in the field’s center where 16 candles representing the 16 years of Sofie’s life were illuminated. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2023 From his 34 yard line, quarterback J.J. McCarthy tried to pass to the right flat, but TCU safety Bud Clark stepped in front of the receiver and took the interception back 41 yards to put the Horned Frogs up 7-0 with 9:22 left in the quarter. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, 1 Jan. 2023 The Next Gen stat calculates the difference between actual rushing yards and expected rushing yards on a play, using things like down, distance, yard line, defensive alignment and offensive line grades. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Nov. 2021 The drive stalled at their 33 yard line. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2022 On third and 20 from the Packers' own 32 yard line, Rodgers rolled out of the pocket and found tight end Jared Cook for a 36-yard seed along the sideline, with Cook's feet tapping the ground in bounds before falling to the sideline to stop the clock with 3 seconds left. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Jan. 2022 His last reception put the Chiefs at the Philadelphia Eagles’ three-yard line on a scoring drive that would give Kansas City its first lead of the game. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2023 On their third possession, Williams led USC downfield to a first and goal from the Utah three-yard line. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yard line was in 1898

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“Yard line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yard%20line. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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