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forward pass

noun, Football.
a pass in which the ball is thrown in the direction of advance toward the opponent's goal.
Origin of forward pass
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A forward pass, Carmine to Compton, laid the ball on the forty-eight yards.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • They've got the snap-back and the forward pass down to perfection.

  • Phil gave the signal for a forward pass, and it was well executed.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • With a tackler at his heels he hurled a forward pass to Dave Powers.

    Red Dynamite Roy J. Snell
  • An end run was blocked, a third forward pass was intercepted.

    Red Dynamite Roy J. Snell
  • A forward pass was completed, a second following in quick succession.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • Two steps to the left, and he was poising it for a forward pass!

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The forward pass out of bounds was ruled incompleted in 1915.

British Dictionary definitions for forward pass

forward pass

(rugby) an illegal pass towards the opponent's dead-ball line Also called throw-forward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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