Definition of number eight in English:

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number eight

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1(In rugby union) the forward at the back of the scrum.
Example sentences
  • Orrell struck back almost immediately and with Drew Hickey picking up at the back of a scrum, the number eight spun out of a tackle to claim a try.
  • Manuel Dallan picked up the ball after Canada fluffed a scrum and popped it to the number eight to bundle his way over the line.
  • They have a good number eight and a fly half who is one of the best goal kickers in the league.
2 [mass noun] NZ A wire of 4 mm gauge, used especially for fences: [as modifier]: number eight wire
More example sentences
  • At that time, there were few public screening opportunities for the underdog, number eight wire, and independent music video.
  • We have even heard it said that ‘the New Zealand pastime of inventing things with number eight wire and a four-by-two is a little romance that needs to be put to bed’.
  • ‘We built it out of straw, number eight wire and papier mache,’ said Mr Mitchell.

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