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

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The play in question occurred with 6:18 remaining in the first quarter, one second-and-5 at the Arizona 20 yard line. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Play of the Week: Russell Wilson proves he’ll do ‘whatever it takes’ to help his RB score," 2 Oct. 2018 That would not be the case for five side-yard lines in The Preserve. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Brecksville approves 22-lot subdivision off Dewey Road," 9 Apr. 2018 Each team will get four downs to score from the opponent’s 20 yard line. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "9 crazy things you forgot about the original XFL," 25 Jan. 2018 That year in Turkey, the Seahawks had lost the Super Bowl after Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson at the one-yard line. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "Marshawn Lynch Is Football’s Foremost Ambassador," 10 Apr. 2018 Tagovailoa had made a freshman mistake, making a bad decision that resulted in an interception, giving Georgia the ball at Alabama’s 39 yard line. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Georgia had Alabama and let it slip away; Bulldogs' breakthrough moment delayed again," 9 Jan. 2018 Reggie Cannon sent a cross from the right side, finding an open Carlos Gruezo between the six-yard line and the penalty spot who finished as Fire defenders watched on. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "10-man Chicago Fire drop their 3rd straight against FC Dallas," 14 July 2018 Give Fales the completion, on the other hand, and the Dolphins have a first down at Buffalo's 30 yard line with 50 seconds to complete the comeback. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "The reasons David Fales might win the Miami Dolphins backup QB job | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 The two-story home is fronted by a grassy yard lined with a white-picket fence. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Writer-producer Rodney Rothman passes the keys to his Venice cottage," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of yard line

1898, in the meaning defined above

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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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