Definition of quarterback in English:

quarterback

Syllabification: quar·ter·back
Pronunciation: /ˈkwôrtərˌbak
 
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noun

Football
  • 1A player positioned behind the center who directs a team’s offensive play.
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    • Rookie quarterbacks deal with offensive playbooks that dwarf the ones they studied in college.
    • Just about every NFL team has a quarterback in place who is viewed as the future of the franchise.
    • Both teams have strong-armed quarterbacks and dangerous receivers.
  • 1.1North American A person who directs or coordinates an operation or project.
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    • Key to it is creating a new director of national intelligence, a quarterback, if you will.
    • The fact of the matter is, the town has got a lot of people in it who are armchair quarterbacks, or who like to comment on the passing scene.
    • They are the quarterbacks, the lead singers, the objects of admiration and envy.

verb

[with object] Football Back to top  
  • 1Play as a quarterback for (a particular team).
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    • He quarterbacked the football team to a league title.
    • Brett Favre, whose 27 touchdown passes tied for the NFC lead, has quarterbacked the same team longer than any NFL signal caller.
    • Most of these physicists, after all, were not exactly quarterbacking the football team in high school.
  • 1.1North American Direct or coordinate (an operation or project).
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    • Should the selection of the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court be quarterbacked by a man who is currently the subject of an on-going criminal investigation?
    • Indeed, the whole process is quarterbacked out of the Counsel's office.
    • The commander is the most unique position in that it allows one player to quarterback the entire team's operations.

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