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first down

Syllabification: first down

Definition of first down in English:

noun

Football
A gain of ten yards or more in field position during a series of downs, permitting the offensive team to attempt another series of downs.
Example sentences
  • The Chiefs' last two games have yielded some huge numbers - more than 70 first downs, 1,000 total yards and 101 points.
  • The first-team offense netted 297 yards and 12 first downs.
  • Seattle's first-string offense had just 16 total yards and no first downs in the first quarter.

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