Entry from British & World English dictionary
1A line marking the back of something, especially the area of play in a game.
- It is intended that the fence is provided in a neat line along the backline of the pathway and that the grass area behind the fence will be restored so that it is a well maintained flat grassed area.
- Then he finished off a lovely backline break.
- Thereafter, he retreated to the Celtic backline.
1.1 Rugby The players lined out across the field behind a scrum or line-out.
- Strong, commanding and no-nonsense, he is the type of player you build a backline around.
- They have excellence in all areas of the pitch - their backline has some world-class players - but if they play to type then you'll see a lot more of their forwards than their backs.
- On the field, Michael was a very level-headed player who controlled our backline, one of our top marking defenders, and was a tremendous contributor to the team at all levels.
2The amplifiers used by a popular music group for guitars and other instruments, typically placed across the back of the stage.
- Often, except for guitars and a few other essentials, the band relies on the fulfillment of their tech rider for backline instruments, and house and monitor systems.
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