noun (plural linesmen)
1(In games played on a field or court) an official who assists the referee or umpire from the touchline, especially in deciding whether the ball is out of play.
- Gerrard's just been fouled making for the penalty area, but the referee and the linesman are having none of it.
- Under advice from the linesman, the referee awards a free-kick to AC Milan about 40 yards out for no apparent reason.
- Both referee Dunn and his linesman missed the contact and Henry was furious.
2British A person employed for the repair and maintenance of telephone or electricity power lines.
- Quite strangely, the telephone linesmen are hard at work, repairing all the lines and replacing broken posts that lead to the very edge of the sea.
- As old timers say, one can draw a rough comparison between some of the linesmen of the telephones department and the average English-speaking executive at the cellular service provider's call centre.
- I doubt health care workers, telephone linesmen, or auto painters have the same kind of increased mortality risk, but this bill lumps them all in together.
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