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dead-ball line

[ded-bawl] /ˈdɛdˌbɔl/
noun, Rugby.
the line at each end of the field parallel to and not over 25 yards (23 meters) behind the goal line.
Origin of dead-ball line
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for dead-ball line

dead-ball line

(rugby) a line not more than 22 metres behind the goal line at each end of the field beyond which the ball is out of play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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