Definition of touchback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHˌbak/


American Football
A ball one downs deliberately behind one’s own goal line or that is kicked through one’s end zone. It is taken to the 20-yard line to resume play.
Example sentences
  • Watson nearly caused a touchback, as the ball narrowly missed the endzone on its way out of bounds.
  • Against Seattle last week, the Jaguars had four kick-offs go for touchbacks and pinned the Seahawks inside the 10-yard line on consecutive possessions.
  • The second was also risky, as Stanley had not shown his regular touch, and a touchback would have only resulted in a net 11 yards.

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Syllabification: touch·back

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