Definition of the noun tailback
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noun - plural: tailbacks
- (American football) the person who plays tailback
- (American football) the position of the offensive back on a football team who lines up farthest from the line of scrimmage
Alternative definition of the noun tailback
- 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 is the holder of an offensive position in American football whose duties involve lining up in the backfield and carrying the ball on most running plays in formations such as the veer variant of the wishbone. When the principal ball carrier lines up deep in the backfield, and especially when that player is placed behind another player, as in the I formation, that player is instead referred to as a tailback, 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 usually a defensive rather than offensive position since the 1980s, though used to also refer to an offensive position similar to a slotback that could line up off the tight end or behind the quarterback.
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by Oxford Dictionaries,
tailback noun Brit. a long queue of stationary traffic. tailcoat noun Brit. a man's formal jacket with a long skirt divided at the back into tails and cut away in front. tailgate noun 1 a hinged flap at the back ...
A Comprehensive Modern Reference to America's Most Colorful Sport, 1953-Present by Bob Boyles, Paul Guido
Look no further than the 1979 backfield: future Heisman-winning tailback Marcus Allen then...
by Oxford Dictionaries,
tailback n. Brit. a long queue of traffic extending ...
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 ...
Exhibiting the Pronunciation, Etymology, and Explanation of Every Word Usually Employed in Science, Literature, and Art by John Boag
Tailback, tile'rise, n. The stream which runs from a mill- wheel ...
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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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