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Definition of the noun tailback

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noun - plural: tailbacks

  1. (American football) the person who plays tailback
  2. (American football) the position of the offensive back on a football team who lines up farthest from the line of scrimmage
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: back = the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
    • member of: eleven / football team = a team that plays football

Alternative definition of the noun tailback


  1. A line of motor vehicles caught up in traffic congestion; a traffic jam

Specialised definition of the noun tailback

Glossary of sports

a long line of cars held up by roadwork's, an accident, etc. (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / American football

a running back who lines up behind a fullback (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Tailback a.k.a. Halfback: A halfback, sometimes referred to as a tailback, is an offensive position in American football, which lines up in the backfield and generally is responsible for carrying the ball on running plays. Historically, from the 1870s through the 1950s, the halfback position was both an offensive and defensive position. In the related sport of Canadian football, halfback is a defensive rather than offensive position.

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Google previewThe Sports Hall of Fame Encyclopedia (2012)

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer by David Blevins

Luckman was a tailback in college who became the first great “T” quarterback in the National Football League (a scheme ...

Google previewKansas City Chiefs Encyclopedia (2013)

by Mark Stallard

It is atribute for your teammates because ifyou are not blocking foraPro Bowl tailback and you don'thave a ProBowl line in front of you, these thingsdo ...

Google previewDictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism (2009)

by A & C Black Publishers Ltd

tagliatelletagliatelle /tli|teli/ noun FOOD pasta in the form of long narrow ribbons tailbacktailback /teilbk/ noun ROAD TRAVEL a long line of cars held up by roadworks, an accident, etc. Because ofthe crash, there's a six-mile tailback on the ...

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M11 tailback in the rain

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Small photo of PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Temple Owl running back Kee-ayre Griffin stands as the tailback in the I formation Septmeber 26, 2009 in Philadelphia.Small photo of NEWARK, DE - OCTOBER 31: James Madison tailback Lee Reynolds (with ball) tries to break a tackle on a rush in the October 31, 2009 game in Newark, DE.Small photo of Beautiful woman football player tailback halfback or receiverSmall photo of Tailback on suspension bridge. Blue and cold day in Denmark More...

Scrabble value of T1A1I1L1B3A1C3K5

The value of this 8-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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