Definition of scrimmage in English:


Line breaks: scrim|mage
Pronunciation: /ˈskrɪmɪdʒ


  • 2 [mass noun] American Football A sequence of play beginning with the placing of the ball on the ground with its longest axis at right angles to the goal line: Michigan was called for pass interference in the first play from scrimmage
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    • Any kick from scrimmage must be made from behind the line to be legal.
    • On a play from scrimmage, if an offensive player fumbles anywhere on the field during fourth down, only the fumbling player is permitted to recover and/or advance the ball.
    • Later in the series, the next offense had a little bit better luck as the freshman running back gained 17 yards on the first play from scrimmage.
  • 2.1 [count noun] chiefly American Football A session in which teams practise by playing a simulated game.
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    • Some online league play, customized team matches and plain scrimmages would definitely be a welcome addition to the game.
    • Owners decided that coaches would fill the additional schedule time produced by the elimination of two preseason games with additional intrasquad scrimmages.
    • After the rest of the drills, Coach broke them up into teams for scrimmages.


[no object] chiefly American Football Back to top  
  • 1Engage in a scrimmage: I recommended that we be able to scrimmage against other schools during the spring
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    • Of course, it never helps to sprain an ankle halfway through by stepping on someone else's foot scrimmaging, and then continue to run on it…
    • When she got there, the girls were already scrimmaging.
    • We'll just be scrimmaging, and a few different drills, so I can see who you are and where I want to put you.
  • 1.1 [with object] Put (the ball) into a scrimmage.
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    • Following a field goal, the non-scoring team may choose for play to resume either with a kickoff as above, or by scrimmaging the ball from its own 35-yard line.



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  • She plays the show-biz game like a true scrimmager, dodging, scrambling and tackling much bigger obstacles.
  • Like the other prop, he must be a rock solid scrimmager.
  • In scrimmage, each team had one centre scrimmager flanked by two side scrimmagers.


late Middle English: alteration of dialect scrimish, variant of the noun skirmish.

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