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broken-field

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adjective

American Football
  • 1Relating to or occurring in the area beyond the line of scrimmage where defenders are relatively scattered: a broken-field run
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    • On the first drive, a 41-yard broken-field run put the ball at the Penn 29.
    • The passage describes the climactic moment in a football game, just as the halfback is breaking away for a long, broken-field run.
    • That's a left-wing all-star team, validating Specter's long career as a political broken-field runner.
  • 1.1 informal (Of a movement) with starts, stops, and changes of direction, in the manner of a broken-field ball carrier: a broken-field chase
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    • One key arrest comes after a manic broken-field chase through the pushcarts and costermongers of New York's Fulton Fish Market.
    • He almost had his helmet ripped from his head at third, and he sent one overzealous fan sprawling during his broken-field run toward the plate.
    • He then led police on a nifty broken-field run for several minutes before being cuffed and taken downtown for booking.

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