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broken-field

[broh-kuh n-feeld]
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adjective Football.
  1. performed, as by a ball-carrier, in a wide-open area covered by few defensive players, as opposed to the heavily trafficked area near the line of scrimmage.

Origin of broken-field

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25

broken field

noun
  1. open field.

Origin of broken field

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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Historical Examples

  • The left half, Cox, was a broken-field runner of renown as well as Claflin's best goal-kicker.

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour