Definition of flanker in English:


Line breaks: flank¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈflaŋkə


1A person or thing situated on the flank of something, in particular:
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  • The team skipper led by example at full-back, while her flankers kept their respective markers off the scoreboard.
  • Guo moved forward into the clearing, her flankers on either side.
  • Your flankers will keep the foe from dodging your blows.
1.1 Rugby another term for wing forward.
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  • There will be tremendous interest in seeing how our two flying flankers go.
  • The Dublin-based flanker received 21 stitches in a facial wound in an accidental collision with a Shannon player.
  • Since then, honours have been piled upon the hot flanker's trammelled head.
1.2 American Football An offensive back who is positioned to the outside of an end.
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  • Knapp wants to make Price the flanker in his offense.
  • At Georgia, he had started at flanker, tailback, quarterback, and split end, and also had handled punt and kickoff return duties.
  • He is also athletic enough to have played both ways at college football's highest level, starting at flanker on a national championship team.
1.3 Military A fortification guarding or menacing the side of a force or position.
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  • The 23rd Light Dragoons, raised in 1781, armed its flankers with small, short blunderbusses with elliptical muzzles referred to as musketoons.
  • It has four flankers which have a covered communication with each other, and are mounted with good guns.
2British informal , dated A trick or swindle: he’s certainly pulled a flanker on the army

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